No time for extensive blogging today, but did want to note this BBC report that Italy is urging an end to the arms embargo on China.

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi says Italy favours lifting the EU’s 17-year-old ban on arms sales to China.

On a visit to Beijing, Mr Prodi said Italy “leans to lifting the embargo” as soon as possible.

China has described the ban, imposed after the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square, as a “relic of the cold war”.