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Saturday, March 12, 2005

EU not lifting China arms embargo to increase arms sales: commissioner

Space War-AFP: EU not lifting China arms embargo to increase arms sales: commissioner

Excerpt- The European Union is not lifting its arms embargo on China in order to increase its arms exports, the body's external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said here Saturday.

"We had two instruments that were focusing on the same: one was the arms embargo and the other was the code of conduct. Now we think that the code of conduct, if it is restricted, is enough. And we also don't have the goal of increasing arms exports," she said in an interview with AFP.

"Today's China is no more the China of the Tiananmen, although a lot remains to be done for the future and we do also hope that China goes on the Human rights issue, for instance to ratify the covernant on civil and political rights," she said.

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