Arms Embargo Against China

What is the EU doing? Why are they planning to lift this embargo?

Some may argue that China is doing better according to the standards set in the 'Code of Conduct'. Some would tend to disagree.
From BBC NEWS
"What is the EU Code of Conduct?

The EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports, agreed in 1998, states that the EU is "determined to prevent the export of equipment which might be used for internal repression or international aggression, or contribute to regional instability."

The Code prohibits a sale where:

*it would violate international commitments,
*there is a "clear risk" that the export might be used for internal repression,
*the export could provoke or prolong armed conflict or aggravate existing tensions,
*there is a "clear risk" that the arms would be used aggressively against another country or to assert a territorial claim.

The Code calls for special caution where:

*serious violations of human rights have been established,
*the weapons might be used against EU allies and friends,
*there is a risk of unintended transfer of technology or the use of reverse engineering.

The Code also sets up a monitoring system to try to ensure compliance."

What about these?

"the EU is "determined to prevent the export of equipment which might be used for internal repression or international aggression, or contribute to regional instability.""
Taiwan??
"*the weapons might be used against EU allies and friends,"
U.S., Taiwan, and Japan??

"The French Defence Minister, Michele Alliot-Marie, said recently that by selling certain systems to China, the EU could prevent China from developing them itself. "

This is a good arguement for selling 'certain systems'?

From NEWSMAX

"PARIS -- Europe has angered the United States with talk of canceling its arms embargo against China - but governments and companies on the continent have for years delivered weapons and other equipment to Beijing and its rapidly modernizing People's Liberation Army."

AND...
"China is not comfortable relying on Russia for its weaponry and is "looking to the Europeans for the smart, high-tech stuff," said Adam Ward, an East Asia expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

Unlike the United States, Europe doesn't have troops in that part of Asia and isn't as attuned as Washington to China's growing military potential, Ward added. Ending the embargo could win favor in Beijing for France and Germany, which are leading the push to lift it, helping their sales of nonmilitary items like civilian planes and high-speed trains.

"Europe as a whole doesn't have a very coherent view of China," said Ward. "But it does have a very clear view of China as an economic opportunity." "

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We know the sales of weapons are already being made. Why is it that the EU wants to sell more weapons to countries that the U.S. would ultimately have to fight? Why can't they just sell more wine?

I am also curious about our selling Fighter Jets to Middle East countries. I just don't understand why we would want our pilots to have to fight against our own technology. I sincerely hope that our pilots always have something that can outgun anything we sell.


Posted by Dawn at March 23, 2005 11:55 AM