Lisa Bryant: France Defends Effort to Lift China Arms Embargo

From VOA, via pavyand.com:

French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier has defended a European effort to lift an arms embargo against China, despite criticism from Washington. Mr. Barnier made his remarks in a wide-ranging interview with reporters in Paris, which also touched on Iran’s nuclear program.

French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier Barnier responded directly to remarks by Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick in Brussels. On Tuesday, Mr. Zoellick said efforts in Europe to lift an arms embargo on China would not be good for transatlantic relations…

Mr. Barnier said that warnings and threats were not useful in cementing newly improved relations between Europe and the United States, following deep differences over the war on Iraq.

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