China urges EU to lift arms embargo
PLA Daily 2004-01-30
BEIJING, Jan. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- The European Union's (EU) arms embargo on China should be lifted, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said here Thursday. Zhang said the arms embargo was a product of the Cold War era, which hampered cooperation between China and EU members.
"We have noticed that many EU members have adopted positive attitudes towards the lifting of the arms embargo", she said, saying China appreciated the efforts of certain EU members, including France and Germany.
She expressed the hope that the arms embargo would be lifted as soon as possible.
The EU is considering lifting the ban on arms sales to China, the foreign ministers' meeting of EU members and would-be members revealed Monday. The EU Council had opened discussion on the issueand ministers have invited the Permanent Representatives Committee and the Standing Political and Security Committee to examine the issue.
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