Banned In Beijing


Chinese military expansion takes off but the E.U. arms ban stays put

The campaign spear-headed by France and Germany to lift the European Union's ban on selling arms to China foundered at the E.U. summit last week. Anger at Beijing's human-rights abuses; the new Chinese "antisecession" law authorizing war if Taiwan edges towards independence, which drew hundreds of thousands of protesters onto the streets of Taipei late last week; and intense pressure from Washington — which fears it might one day be on the receiving end of high-tech weapons in the Taiwan Strait — led several E.U. members to sidle away from a deal to lift the embargo by...

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