Merkel takes tough stance over China embargo – Hugh Williamson

From The Financial Times:

Germany’s Christian Democrat leader Angela Merkel signalled a tougher stance towards China on Friday by refusing to support Beijing’s attempt to lift the European Union’s weapons embargo.

Ms Merkel did not discuss the embargo on Friday when she met Chinese president Hu Jintao on his three-day visit to Germany.

But she signalled that she would take a tougher stance towards the communist country than outgoing chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Aides to Ms Merkel said in future, the issue would be linked to human rights.

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