Israel defense minister to China for first time in decade

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Posted: Jun 14, 2011 1:52 AM
Israel defense minister to China for first time in decade

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak will travel to China for the first time in a decade, his office said on Saturday.

Barak will meet Chinese National Defense Minister Liang Guanglie and other senior officials to discuss "regional issues, the Iranian threat, advancement of the (Israel-Palestinian) peace process and terrorism," a statement from his office said.

In 2000 Israel, under United States pressure, suspended the sale to Beijing of four $250 million advanced early warning Phalcon aircraft, similar to U.S. AWACS planes.

Barak, who served as prime minister of Israel during the Phalcon dispute, was scheduled to travel to China late on Saturday, his office said.

(Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Andrew Heavens)