Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Bush Says Europe Should Not Lift Its China Arms Embargo

By ELISABETH BUMILLER, The New York Times, February 23, 2005

BRUSSELS, Feb. 22 - A simmering dispute with Europe came to the forefront on Tuesday when President Bush said there was "deep concern" in the United States that lifting the European Union's arms embargo against China would change the balance of relations between China and Taiwan.

The issue has been one of the few disagreements to spill into the open during Mr. Bush's trip to repair relations across the Atlantic. He and European leaders have worked intently to ease hard feelings over the Iraq invasion, and they have played down the conflict that has risen in the last few months over the arms embargo. Even as he expressed his concerns on Tuesday, Mr. Bush insisted that he was willing to listen to European views on the issue.

In his most explicit public argument, the president said lifting the ban would allow the transfer of critical military technology to the Chinese that would "change the balance of relations between China and Taiwan, and that's of concern."

The administration also fears that such technology, especially advanced radar and communications systems, might be passed on to other countries.--------------------

1 comment:

Cookiesap said...

No matter what decision the EU makes, East Asia will soner or later see a great quake in the geopolitical situation in East Asia!

The question is: will trade (and the neo-liberal framework for peace) be enough to keep the long-lasting mistrust in EA from sparking an armed conflict?