Chinese General Sees Ties With Israeli Military 'Developing Smoothly'

The general was quoted from talks with an IDF logistics delegation he met with last week in Beijing, China Military Online reports.

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Chinese General Zhao Keshi, director of the country's Logistics Support Department has met with an Israel Defense Forces logistics delegation in Beijing, China Military Online reports.

Keshi said in the talks last Tuesday the Chinese and Jewish people had ties since ancient times.

He said that military ties were "developing smoothly" between Israel and China "as manifested by the constantly deepened contacts in various areas and frequent exchange and pragmatic cooperation in military logistics."

Keshi also hoped to expand cooperation with the IDF in logistics "so as to elevate relations between the two militaries in the logistics area to a new high," the web site says.

Keshi met in 2014 with Major General Kobi Barak, head of the IDF's Technological and Logistics Directorate.

Despite, developing ties with Israel since establishing ties in 1992,  including a visit by former prime minister Ehud Olmert to the country in 2007, China has recently grown close as well with Iran. A senior Chinese admiral visited Iran in October.

In 2014 two Chinese warships docked at Iran's Bandar Abbas port to take part in joint naval exercises in the Gulf and an Iranian admiral was given tours of a Chinese submarine and warships.