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France Pushes EU to Lift Arms Ban for China - 2004-02-13


EU is considering lifting its ban on weapons sales to China, imposed following the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. China has been pushing the EU to drop the arms embargo and has already secured support from two of the EU’s largest powers, France and Germany. “France and Germany, two of the world’s largest arms exporters, are projecting a false and dangerous impression of there being a problem-free human rights situation in Tibet and China when in fact China continues to have one of the world’s worst human rights records’, said Mrs. Tsering Jampa. Beijing is eager for a decision before May, recognizing that consensus between the EU Member States will be more difficult to achieve following the EU expansion in May.

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