arms embargo

U.S. Wary of China, from Los Alamos to Orbit

A letter obtained by Reuters indicates that the Los Alamos National Laboratory, birthplace and custodian of America’s nuclear arsenal, has been removing Chinese-made data switches from its computer networks in response to...

China’s Arms Exports Flooding Sub-Saharan Africa

As China transitions from being the world’s largest weapons importer to becoming a major producer, the Washington Post examines its role as an exporter of arms to 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. While the exports do...

Chinese Evade U.S. Sanctions on Iran

While an embargo bans companies who sell arms to Iran from conducting business in the U.S., many Chinese companies are skirting the rules to keep the trade routes open. The Wall Street Journal reports: A unit of state-owned...

China Has “Grave Concerns” Over ICC Sudan Decision

From the AP: China said Tuesday it was concerned about an International Criminal Court prosecutor’s decision to seek an arrest warrant for Sudan’s president on charges of genocide in the African country’s...

China Hits Back at BBC Report on Sudan

From the AFP: A BBC report alleging that China is breaking a United Nations arms embargo on Sudan is biased, the Chinese special envoy to Darfur said in comments published here on Tuesday. Envoy Liu Guijin said China’s...

Hu presses Spain on EU arms embargo – Renwick McLean

From The International Herald Tribune: President Hu Jintao of China began the final leg of his European tour on Monday, visiting the Spanish Parliament and meeting with Prime Minister Jos√© Luis Rodr√≠guez Zapatero to discuss strengthening business and political ties between their two countries. The agenda included discussion of lifting the European Union’s arms embargo […]

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 […]

In Europe, Hu faces trade and human rights issues

The International Herald Tribune reports: Prime Minister Tony Blair put human rights concerns along with ambitions to expand trade on the agenda for his meeting Wednesday with President Hu Jintao of China. “We will raise our concerns with them,” said Tom Kelly, a spokesman for Blair. “It’s best to deal with these matters in private […]

Greg Austin: Testing the Transatlantic Alliance

From the Globalist: The EU plans to lift the arms ban imposed on China and the U.S. Congress has reacted in disbelief. The U.S. legislators are outraged at what they see as the willingness of European allies to provide arms to a country that U.S. forces would have to fight in the event of a […]

Lun Zhang and Xiaorong Li: Tiananmen is not for sale

From the International Herald Tribune: June 4 marks the 16th anniversary of China’s bloody repression of pro-democracy protests on Tiananmen Square. The legacy of the massacre has been put sharply in focus by the current debate over lifting the arms embargo imposed by the European Union in response to that event. At stake in the […]

Richard Spencer: EU presents China with list of human rights demands

From The Telegraph: the European Union yesterday handed a long list of human rights demands in the two sides’ highest level meeting since plans for a quick end to the EU’s arms embargo collapsed. The EU said it was up to China to “improve the climate” and allow the arms ban, imposed after the 1989 […]

Jonathan Watts: Tiananmen inmates linked to EU arms embargo

From the Guardian: China should release those of its citizens imprisoned since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown if it wants the European Union to end its arms ban, a senior EU delegation told their hosts in Beijing yesterday. The request for an amnesty, one of four areas in which the EU is seeking better human […]

Spiegal: Europe All Smiles for China

Many German papers’ opinion pages focused on China today, and Spiegal translated excerpts of their viewpoints: The China question — which encompasses both the political and the economic interests of Europe — dominates the editorial pages of Germany’s papers on Tuesday. On balance, the analysis is that Germany is involved in a competition for Chinese […]

David Gow: EU delays lifting arms ban on China

From the Guardian: The European Union will postpone the planned lifting of its arms embargo on China until at least next year, and require China to act first by improving its human rights record and seeking a peaceful solution to its dispute with Tawian, it emerged last night.

Constant Brand: EU Ministers Urged to Keep China Embargo

From the Guardian: The European Parliament urged EU foreign ministers Thursday not to lift their 15-year-old arms embargo against Beijing, saying the human rights situation there did not warrant the change. In a 431-85 vote, lawmakers at the EU assembly in Strasbourg, France, sent a strong message backing a hardline resolution drafted by German Conservative […]

Katrin Bennhold and Graham Bowley: New forces converge over China arms ban

From the IHT: The European Union wants China to make a significant gesture on human rights before it lifts its arms embargo, senior EU diplomats said this week. The linkage, which is new, will be discussed at an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers at the end of the week and may emerge as the […]

Lisa Bryant: France Defends Effort to Lift China Arms Embargo

From VOA, via 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 […]

Schroeder Sparks Outrage with China Embargo Comments

In a recent interview with Die Zeit, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder explained his view that the arms embargo against China must be lifted. Spiegel International has posted a portion of the interview, in which Schroeder says: Democracy can’t exactly be imposed on them from the outside. It was right to start a dialogue on the […]



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