Upsetting Asia's Delicate Balance

The irony was delicious. Who would ever have thought that the principal source of disagreement between U.S. President George W. Bush and his European hosts last week would have been a European desire to sell arms and an American determination to stop them from doing so? Yet so it proved. Not even a shared dinner of lobster risotto and truffle sauce could get Bush and his French counterpart Jacques Chirac (who in this case speaks for Europe old and new) to agree on the European Union's plan to lift its embargo on supplying defense technology to China, imposed after the Tiananmen...

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