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China eyes at least 12 golds in Military World Game

Chinese athletes possess the ability to take at least 12 gold medals in the upcoming 4th Military World Games, said an official of the Chinese delegation in Hyderabad, India on Saturday.

Chef de mission Chen Shaohai of the Chinese delegation told Xinhua that China sent a strong 220-delegation to the Games with such big names as Peng Bo, the Athen's Olympic diving gold medalist and Qi Hui, the swimming world champion.

The 4th WMG features 15 sports, including traditional Olympic events like shooting, swimming and boxing, as well as military specific events, such as parachuting and military pentathlon.

The Chinese athletes will take part in 10 sports and Chen said the Chinese delegation would win their first gold in the swimming pool.

"There is no doubt that Chinese swimmers will face some challenges in the competition, but their world level ability could guarantee they could win the first gold for the delegation," said Chen.

Upholding the banner of "Friendship through Sports", the 4th WMG will be held from October 14 to 21, 2007 in two big cites, namely Hyderabad and Mumbai, India.

In the previous three editions, China placed third, second and second on the gold medal table respectively.

(Xinhua News Agency October 14, 2007)

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Isn't this the same games that Iran is prevent the Zionist Regime from participating in?!?

Any news about this?

India established full diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992, although Delhi has attempted to keep this
relationship out of public view. Nonetheless, this relationship came under full public scrutiny with the visit of Ariel Sharon to India in September 2003, the first ever by a ruling Israeli prime minister. India maintained back-channel security ties with Israel even before the normalization of bilateral relations.

During the late 1990s India fostered deepening military ties with Israel including a partnership with the Mossad. The Indo-Israeli joint working group (JWG) on counter-terrorism was set up for cooperation in multilateral forums and broaden the scope of interaction between Israel and India.

The level of intelligence cooperation between India and Israel may be even more extensive than between India and the United States. The tactics used by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the guerilla and urban warfare it wages against Palestinian in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are extended to India for adoptation by the Indian security forces in countering the myriad of insurgency if faces.

India has also bought Israeli Tavor assault rifles, Galil sniper rifles, and night vision and laser range finding and targeting equipment in order to improve the capabilities of its forces to tackle insurgency. India has also shown interest in the counter-infiltration devices Israel uses on Golan Heights and in the Negev Desert.

Israel is India's biggest arms supplier. Israel was willing to continue and even step up its arms sales to India after other major states curbed their technological exports to India following India's nuclear tests in May 1998. From anti-missile systems to hi-tech radars, from sky drones to night-vision equipment, Indo-Israeli defense cooperation has known no bounds in recent times.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

India recognized the state of Israel in 1950, two years after its establishment in 1948. However, as stated earlier,
diplomatic relations were not established until 1992. This was mainly because of India's support and sympathies with the Palestinian cause. India was a founder member of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), that was supportive of anti-colonial struggles around the world and this also meant strong support for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). India became one of the first non-Arab states to recognize Palestinian independence and also one of the first to allow an embassy of the PLO in its capital.

India's anti-Israel stance was also part of the larger Indian diplomatic strategy of trying to counter Pakistan's influence in the Arab world and of safeguarding its oil supplies from Arab countries. It also ensured jobs for thousands of Indians in the Gulf, helping India to keep its foreign exchange reserves afloat. India and Israel also ended up on the opposite sides during the Cold War, with the United States strongly supporting Israel, while India's sympathies were toward the Soviet Union. The Congress Party in India, the dominant force in Indian politics since India's independence in 1947, opposed Israel in large part because it viewed Israel as the analogue of Pakistan, a state based on religion. These motivations hampered Indo-Israeli ties in the immediate aftermath of Indian independence.

CAPITAL THAWS RELATIONS

After the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, India was forced to reorient its foreign policy to accommodate the changing international milieu. India also embarked on a path of economic liberalization, forcing it to open its markets to other nations. With the influx of big foreign capital into India also came influence. It was in 1992 that India granted full diplomatic recognition to Israel, leading India and Israel to establish embassies in each other's country. Since then, the Indo-Israeli bilateral relationship has attained a new dynamic. However, while the exchanges in diverse fields intensified, the overall connection deliberately remained low profile. Such an approach was thought to be necessary in order to insulate the other interests India had in the Middle East from being affected by the Arab-Israeli conflict.
There has been a six-fold increase in India's trade with Israel in the last decade with India becoming Israel's second-largest trading partner in Asia in non-military goods and services.

Wherefore, Israel would be a welcome participant in any event taking place in India, including the World Military Games.
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That was more than the reply I was expecting, very informative.... I've learnt something new (again) today from WUFYS ;)

Yes-- like the western media, Indian newspapers keep quiet about the Israeli connections. However the Community Party (CPI) and the Indian left in general remains staunchly opposed to zionism and israel.

One thing, though…I don’t agree with this statement…

” India's anti-Israel stance was also part of the larger Indian diplomatic strategy of trying to counter Pakistan's influence in the Arab world and of safeguarding its oil supplies from Arab countries.”

India was on good relations with Arab countries before 1992. Most Arab countries, like India, leaned toward the USSR. India opposed israel because of India’s general policy of non-alignment, not because of Pakistan, which has never had much influence on the Arab world. Pakistanis envy the oil shiekdoms. I’ve even heard Pakistanis claim that, “If Arabia didn’t have oil, Mecca would have been moved by now.” That’s how deep their resentment of Arabs is.

Also I don’t agree with this statement…

” The Congress Party in India, the dominant force in Indian politics since India's independence in 1947, opposed Israel in large part because it viewed Israel as the analogue of Pakistan, a state based on religion. These motivations hampered Indo-Israeli ties in the immediate aftermath of Indian independence.”

Again, I don’t think India’s pre-1992 opposition to israel had anything to do with Pakistan. (Just my opinion.) India opposed israel before 1992 because israel represented capitalist / imperialist exploitation. I’ve lived in India. I spent a year in Hyderabad where these gams are being held. People there say Jews are behind the IMF. I think India’s pre-1992 opposition was part of India’s general policy of non-alignment.

One thing is clear, though. The Congress-I Party has completely sold out to israel. The right-wing BJP Party fully opened the door to this sell-out the BJP took full power in 1998. The Congress-I Party got back into power by allying with the Communists (CPI) in 2004. Now the Communists want to break away, because of PM Manmohan Singh’s coziness with Bush and israel. The CPI is furious about this nuclear deal.

I also suspect that Mossad was involved in the 1991 assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, who wanted to shut down the arms trade in Sri Lanka (which is controlled by Israeli gangsters)following Gandhi's failed attempt to end the civil war there. The trial of the supposed “assassins” was so secret, and such a travesty, that it caused the fall of PM Inder Kumar Gujral, who had left the Congress-I Party and joined the Janata Dal. Gujral’s fall allowed the pro-israel BJP Party to take full control in 1998. That same year the BJP regime, with israel’s help and blessing, conducted 5 nuclear weapons tests at Pokhran, Rajasthan to offset Pakistan. Soon after that, the BJP had the Indian army attack Pakistani emplacements in the Kargil district of Kashmir. Then the Indian National Congress won in 2004, and the Congress-I Party was back in power.

Today, israelis work closely with the Indian government, as you said. One of their chief goals, as I see it, is to make the Reserve Bank of India fully private again. Once that’s finished, the international bankers will have India under total control, just as they have Europe and North America under total control.

I meant to say Communist Party. (CPI)

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