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  • Chinese President Departs Israel with Arms Sale Unresolved

    Chinese President Jiang Zemin has wrapped up a historic weeklong trip to Israel — apparently with no resolution of a controversy surrounding Israel’s planned sale of military technology to Beijing. China billed Jiang’s visit as a chance for him to discuss the Middle East peace process, but it was overshadowed by U.S.-Israeli tensions over Israel’s… More ▸

  • Barak Came to Talk Mideast Peace, but China Sales Raised U.S. Tension

    Despite friction over Israeli sales of military technology to China, President Clinton had a “good, productive, serious discussion” with Israeli Prime Minister Barak this week. Clinton said he feels encouraged that there is renewed energy in the Israeli- palestinian peace process. “We’ve solved everything,” Clinton announced jokingly at the end of a nearly four-hour Tuesday… More ▸

  • Chinese President’s Israel Visit Reflects a Deepening Relationship

    Chinese President Jiang Zemin is making a weeklong state visit to Israel, the first by a Chinese president. The April 12-18 visit reflects the deepening relations between Israel and China since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1992. Jiang’s visit comes after Israel decided to sell China advanced airborne radar systems — a move… More ▸

  • Israeli-chinese Relations Survive Controversy over Dalai Lama Meeting

    Ties between Israel and China emerged intact this week after controversy over a meeting the Knesset speaker had with the Dalai Lama. Despite protests from China over Speaker Avraham Burg’s meeting with the exiled Tibetan religious leader, Burg met Monday with the chairman of China’s National People’s Congress. The meeting between Burg and Li Peng… More ▸

  • China-israel Radar Deal Has Congress Worried About Sale of U.S. Technology

    The initial furor over Israel’s sale of a radar system to China appears to have quieted, but the issue has renewed worries in Congress that U.S. allies are selling advanced military technology to Beijing. The State Department said it does not believe Israel sold U.S. technology to China, and several Jewish activists said they believe… More ▸

  • Jewish Filmmaker Sees China Award As Sign Beijing Recognizes Holocaust

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has recently covered a lot of territory. During the last week in October, the Chinese government and film industry feted the winner of five Oscars and producer of “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” and “Central Station” at his very own “Arthur Cohn Day.” He… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World: Expatriates in China Spur Revival of Jewish Communities

    When the tiny Jewish community of China’s capital city wanted to hold a Passover seder with all the culinary trimmings, they naturally turned to the bubbe of Beijing. The bubbe is Elaine Silverberg, who came here 10 years ago from New York to join her resident daughter, Elyse Beth Silverberg, a successful business executive. Since… More ▸

  • China Restores Synagogue in Advance of Clinton Visit

    As President Clinton seeks a high profile for religious freedom issues during his trip to China, the anticipation of his arrival has already yielded one small, but meaningful achievement. Just weeks ago the Chinese government completed long-sought restoration work on a synagogue located in the heart of Shanghai. The synagogue, occupied for nearly 50 years… More ▸