The French Foreign Minister calls for lifting the EU arms embargo on China:

France’s defense minister on Thursday renewed her government’s call to lift the EU arms embargo on China, denouncing opposition to the move as illogical.

Michele Alliot-Marie made the remarks in Japan, which with the U.S. has strongly protested French-led moves to end the embargo.

“There is a lack of logic in the position of some,” Alliot-Marie said before a meeting with her Japanese counterpart Fumio Kyuma.

She called it “paradoxical” to “maintain the embargo for political reasons while at the same time giving China the Olympics, which are supposed to go solely to countries that respect international rules.”
The French minister has apparently mistaken sports games for weapons. The reason it is perfectly logical to give China the Olympics is because sports don’t kill people. Duh.

Alliot-Marie said lifting the embargo would not pose a threat, arguing that European and French rules on arms exports “are even stricter than the rules of the embargo.”


Japan and the U.S. have protested the move and voiced concern about China’s military spending, which is due to rise some 18 percent this year.

But Alliot-Marie said it was “normal” for China “to expand its defense equipment in light of the role that it is playing and will be drawn to play in the world due to its population and economic power.”

Still, Alliot-Marie said she understood Japanese concerns that China’s military spending was not transparent and would press Beijing on the matter when she visits.
There is a nasty symbolism to announcing in Tokyo that the EU should drop the arms embargo on China. This too after President Chen had just asked the EU not to drop the embargo.

“What is important is for China’s military power to be put to the service of peace,” said Alliot-Marie, starting a regional tour that will also take her to Beijing and Seoul.

I have often wondered what kind of mind can talk and think this way.

U.S. lawmakers have threatened to blacklist European firms if the embargo is lifted, saying that European weapons based on U.S. technology could theoretically be used against U.S. forces if Washington defends Taiwan.

Hey, no shit. This is followed by the familiar Renegade Province reference.

Momentum to lift the embargo has declined within the European Union mostly due to concern over tension between China and Taiwan, which Beijing considers a part of its territory awaiting reunification.

Fortunately this is all talk at the moment, as more rational and ethical minds in Europe are opposed to the sale of weapons to China.