Germany and France appeared Thursday to be more committed than ever to ending the European Union’s arms embargo against China. In Beijing, officials were quick to applaud the development….
Britain, which supports lifting the embargo under certain conditions, has tempered its stand in recent weeks. According to senior British officials, London has become embroiled in a complex tug of war between its European partners and the United States over whether to resume the arms sales.
The discussions between Britain and the United States have become so tense that Congress has threatened to tighten the transfer of military technology to Britain, its most loyal ally in Europe, and other European countries if the embargo is lifted, said the officials, who requested anonymity.