President Jiang Zemin urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be practical and farsighted and to work with the international community to break the deadlocked Middle East peace talks. In the one-hour meeting, Mr Jiang said he hoped Israel and the Palestinians would make efforts to remove the current man-made obstacles in the peace process and resume stalled talks speedily, Xinhua said. In an earlier meeting in the morning, Premier Zhu Rongji said the times demanded that the Middle East issue, 'the longest unresolved problem this century', be settled as soon as possible, Xinhua said. China staunchly supported the Palestinian cause during the Cold War but ties with Israel have developed quickly since 1992. Co-operation includes military exchanges, with Israel among China's leading weapons suppliers. China 'supports the just cause and legitimate request of the Palestinian people' and urged Israel to trade land for peace, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said. Mr Zhu also asked Israel to swiftly implement UN resolution 425, which calls on Tel Aviv to withdraw its forces from South Lebanon. 'China wishes to see the unconditional implementation of this resolution at an early date,' Mr Zhu said. He also told Mr Netanyahu that China would like to see Israel resume talks with Syria and Lebanon in a bid to achieve a more comprehensive peace deal. Mr Netanyahu is leading a 100-strong delegation of officials and business executives seeking to forge stronger political and commercial ties between the two nations. Israeli officials said that Mr Netanyahu had obtained a fresh pledge from Chinese leaders yesterday to withhold its nuclear and ballistic missile technology from Iran. Beijing also vowed to refrain from selling nuclear technology to other countries likely to pass it on to Iran and told Mr Netanyahu they would like to strengthen economic and technical co-operation. Mr Netanyahu pledged Israel would adhere to the 'one China' policy.