JERUSALEM (Sep. 5)
Meir Shamir, head of land development for the Jewish National Fund in Israel, recently met with a delegation from the People’s Republic of China at an annual tree fair in Austria. Both Shamir and the Chinese delegation were invited to a dinner together by the fair’s organizer. The Chinese, however, after much hesitation and consultation among themselves, decided that they could not attend a dinner with Shamir because “we do not have diplomatic relations with Israel. ” The Chinese did, nevertheless, consent to speak with Shamir, confining their discussion solely to the subject of forestry in the two countries.