posted on Mar, 22 2005 @ 12:36 AM
Britain has signaled that it wishes to delay the lifting of the European Union's arms embargo of China. This revelation in the Financial Times cited
unnamed diplomats as thier source and indicated that they would like to delay the lifting to at least 2006. Britain which has backed the lifting has
been at odds with the United States over this issue. The U.S. is pointing towards the transfer of military technology, the status of Taiwan and
China's human rights record.
LONDON (AFP) - Britain is seeking to delay a planned move by the European Union (news - web sites) to lift its embargo on arms sales to China, the
Financial Times reported.
The newspaper, citing unnamed diplomats as sources, said London was seeking support from other EU governments to delay the decision on the ban,
possibly until 2006.
Britain, one of the major backers of the policy change, has found itself at odds with its US ally, which has cranked up its opposition to an end to
the arms embargo, claiming worries about the transfer of military technology, the status of Taiwan and China's human rights record.
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I simply cannot imagine why they are so eager to lift the embargo. While the images of Tienanmen have grown cold perhaps, but the questions about
human rights and Taiwan remain. Coming on the heels of the newly enacted anti-secession law its shocking. Actually its not. Chirac was in China, said
the right things like a puppet, secured an large A380 order plus others and now to return the favor, he will sell them arms. Actually it seems quite
simple. Germany has done the same as well.