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late 1990s, a violent separatist movement was active in Xinjiang committing acts of terror,” Mr. Wortzel said.
Wang Baodong, a Chinese Embassy spokesman, had no direct comment on Gen. Yang’s visit but said enhanced military exchanges between the United States and China are mutually beneficial and promote peace and stability.
“We believe that under the current complex and changeable international situation, China and U.S. share expanding common interests in handling various global issues, such as challenging climate change, alleviation of natural disaster, counterterrorism and nonproliferation,” he said.
On the Chinese military spying cases, Mr. Wang said “allegations of China conducting espionage in the U.S. are false and unhelpful for increasing mutual trust between the two countries.” Council Resolution 1718,” said the source, who has access to intelligence data. Most of the auto imports are Mercedes-Benz sedans, the source said.
Medical equipment purchased by the North Korean leader includes expensive imaging equipment, including MRI, CT and Xray machines costing millions of dollars. The leader also tried and failed to import two ambulance helicopters worth an estimated $12.8 million.
Mr. Kim also owns a 150-foot yacht with a swimming pool and two water slides and has at least 24 vacation villas throughout North Korea. Mr. Kim contracted with an Italian company in March 2008 to build a Europeanstyle rose garden about 6,000 square feet in size at the one house, the Songdowan villa in Wonsan, the southeastern port city.
The North Korean leader also spends lavishly on exotic food imports, including lobster, shark’s fin, caviar and turtle. He is said to favor Chinese melon and Sudanese watermelon.
“When Kim Jong-il’s birthday comes near, North Korean diplomatic missions and trading companies get busy every year preparing a variety of local specialties to present” to him, the source said. “They also import turtle eggs from India, shark’s livers from Angola, seal genitals from South America to invigorate Kim Jong-il’s sexual energy.”
A spokesman at the North Korean mission to the United Nations could not be reached for comment. with a 25-mile range — twice the range of earlier versions.
IDF statistics show that since January, when rocket and missile strikes from Gaza numbered more than 300 total attacks, the number has declined to 19 Kassam and mortar strikes in September. There have been no Grad strikes since February.
Col. Leibovitch disclosed to Inside the Ring a Hamas map obtained by Israeli forces in the early stages of the military operation last winter. The map shows a neighborhood that was divided into sectors and color-coded to indicate the locations of improvised explosive devices, bombs and the placement of snipers outside two mosques.
Israeli also is developing a new system to shoot down short-range rockets and missiles, called Iron Dome, that is close to being deployed, Col. Leibovitch said.
By contrast, the Palestinian enclave of the West Bank has returned to relative normalcy, she said, with a construction boom, large growth in the gross domestic product, increased tourism, travel and the importation of cars.
Suicide bombers coming from the West Bank also have dropped sharply since the erection of the security barrier. The last time a bomber was attacked was in 2006. As a result, IDF forces have dismantled 170 roadblocks and security checkpoints in the West Bank, Col. Leibovitch said.
“The majority of people in the West Bank have chosen to leave terrorism behind them,” she said. “But in Gaza, radical Islam is taking a very dangerous direction.”