Steven R. Weisman: Lifting of arms embargo to be postponed

In response to pressure from the Bush administration, and to the recently approved anti-secession law, the has postponed lifting the arms embargo against China, according to this article from the New York Times:

Yielding to pressure from President Bush and threats of retaliation from Congress, the European Union has put off plans to lift its on China this spring and may not press the issue until next year, American and European officials said Monday.

The officials said that in addition to American pressure, European nations have been shaken by the recent adoption of legislation by the Chinese National People’s Congress authorizing the use of force to stop Taiwan from seceding. The Chinese action, they said, jolted France and undercut its moves to end the embargo before June.

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