Chinese chief of staff arrives in Israel to visit IDF

Chinese Chief of the General Staff General Chen Bingde

Chinese General Chen Bingde will meet with senior defense officials and observe IDF (Zahal) forces training

Date: 14/08/2011, 12:11 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

The Chinese Chief of the General Staff General Chen Bingde arrived in Israel on Sunday (August 14).

Gen. Bingde is the guest of the IDF (Zahal) Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, who will host a festive dinner in honor of Gen. Bingde on Sunday evening. The dinner will be attended by senior IDF (Zahal) officers.

During his visit, Gen. Bingde will meet senior defense officials, attend strategic and security briefings, visit the IDF (Zahal) Urban Warfare Training Center, and observe IDF (Zahal) ground forces training.

Gen. Bingde will also tour the Western Wall and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem.

The IDF (Zahal) places significant emphasis on the development and upkeep of international cooperation as a means of facing mutual challenges. This visit is part of a series of cooperative exchanges between the IDF (Zahal) and foreign partners. Previous visitors have included the heads of the Italian, German, U.S. and Bulgarian militaries, among others.