Jim Lobe: Bush wins big as China overplays its hand

From Asia Times Online:

The apparent decision by European leaders to delay the lifting of their 16-year-old arms embargo on China beyond June marks a clear-cut foreign-policy victory for US President George W Bush, who made the issue a major priority in his visit to Europe last month.

China itself may have inadvertently made Bush’s victory possible. Its enactment last week of an that lays the foundation for a possible military attack on Taiwan if, in Beijing’s judgment, it were to move toward formal independence, gave the administration powerful new ammunition against ending the ban – as well as political cover to those European governments that were wary about confronting Bush on the issue.


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