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>JN May 29, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 98
Israel Won't Discuss Military Sales to China
By Roger Wilkison (VOA-Beijing)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- on a four-day official
visit to China -- was in Shanghai Thursday, trying to boost his
country's agricultural and high-technology exports to the booming
Chinese market. But there is one aspect of Israel's sales to China
that neither government is willing to talk about.
Netanyahu says a special relationship is developing between China
and Israel, since the two countries established diplomatic
relations in 1992. Ties have blossomed as China has sought
investment and technology to spur its development efforts.
Speaking to reporters, the Israeli leader held out bright hopes for
future cooperation between the two nations.
"We are very fortunate that China and Israel --the Chinese people
and the Jewish people that are two of the oldest people on earth,
with ancient civilizations -- have developed the capacity to
develop dynamic societies that can seize the future. And we
believe that the cooperation between us can bring prosperity and
peace to our peoples and to our neighbors as well."
One Israeli high-tech export that the Chinese have developed a
taste for is military equipment. According to Western experts in
Beijing, the secret trade is worth more than $100 million a year.
They say China is the largest customer in Asia for Israeli
military-related exports and that Israel is second only to Russia
in the volume of its military sales to China.
Western military attaches in Beijing say cooperation between the
two countries in the defense field runs deep. They say the
Aircraft Industries of Israel are involved in Chinese projects
covering fighter development and airborne early warning technology.
They believe Israel's military industries are providing cruise
missile-related technology to China. And they say Rafael --the
Israeli Defense Ministry's research and development agency for
air-launched weapons -- has sold Python-3 air-to-air missiles to
the Chinese and is seeking to sell them the more advanced Python-4.
China has provided Iran and Saudi Arabia with sophisticated
weaponry, and neither of those states is a friend of Israel. One
military attache in Beijing believes Israel's military relationship
with China involves a calculated risk that, as these ties progress,
they might influence China's policy toward the Middle East.
Media-Savvy Fascists Return to Europe
By Andre de Nesnera (VOA-London)
The European editor of a British publication which specializes in
investigating racist and extreme-right wing political parties says
the recent strong showing by the "German Peoples' Union" -- or DVU
-- in elections in the state of Saxon-Anhalt is a clear danger
In the recent elections to the regional parliament of the eastern
German state of Saxon-Anhalt, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl's
Christian Democratic Party was humiliated, receiving only 23
percent of the vote. But that defeat was overshadowed by the
result of the extreme-right wing and openly racist "German
Peoples' Union" which swept into parliament with nearly 13 percent
of the votes cast.
The British magazine "Searchlight" specializes in the investigation
of right-wing extremist, anti-Semitic and racist organizations.
"Searchlight's" European editor, Graham Atkinson, says there is an
undercurrent of extreme-right wing German nationalism which has
never really left the scene since the end of the Second World War.
That nationalism feeds off the popular discontent brought about by
economic problems -- and Atkinson believes in the future, there
will be a hard shift to the right in the five states of former East
The British expert on right-wing extremist groups believes there
is a reemergence of fascism -- but not only in Germany. "It is
not the fascism of the 1930s. These people do not run around --
for the most part -- wearing uniforms like Hollywood Nazis. They
are in fact very smooth, media-presentable. They can argue their
politics in a very articulate way and as has been shown, they can
actually break through into the political mainstream by
establishing a resonance within the wider population, sufficient to
give them 13 percent of the vote in Saxon-Anhalt and 15 percent in
Atkinson says the next clear indication in Germany of the strength
of extreme right-wing parties will come in October during the
federal elections. He says the extreme-right wing "National
Democratic Party" will field candidates. That political party has
better organizational structures and, he says, is far more hardcore
Nazi than the DVU -- which has just shown its strength in regional
elections in Saxon-Anhalt.
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