IDF Spokesperson Visits China

IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu was invited by Senior Colonel Huang Xueping to visit with the Chinese Ministry of National Defense and the People’s Liberation Army

Date: 20/10/2010, 12:12 PM    

IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu, is on an official work visit to China this week, after having been invited by the Spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense and the Chinese Army, Senior Colonel Huang Xueping. The visit came as a reciprocal invitation after the successful visit by a delegation of Chinese spokespeople with the IDF (Zahal) which occurred approximately six months ago.

The IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson has already visited the Chinese army’s newspaper as well as the offices of the Chinese defense ministry’s website. He also gave a lecture at the University for National Security and has met with the Shanghai Guard Commander and the Israeli Ambassador to China. On Tuesday evening (Oct. 19), Brig. Gen. Benayahu participated in a ceremony commemorating Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin, which took place in the Israeli Embassy in China.

While on his visit to Israel, the Chinese army’s Spokesperson, Sen. Col. Huang Xueping said, “From China’s standpoint, Israel is an important country in the Middle East region and we are interested in maintaining our relations with her.” In an interview for the Bamahane magazine, he said, “These relations are essential for maintaining the peace in the Middle East. The cooperation between the two armies will help forward joint training exercises and an understanding between us and will bring the relations on the issue of security to a more active level.

“We’ve been very impressed by what we’ve seen of the IDF (Zahal) so far,” concluded Sen. Col. Xueping. “We understand that the IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson’s Unit is very effective and up-to-date, especially in times of emergency. We have also learned that many army personnel, despite their young age, are professional and have turned the system into a dynamic one.