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EU hints at arms sales to China

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The European Union has hinted it might be ready to sell arms to China once again.

There’s been an embargo in place since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 but some EU states – particularly France and Germany- argue it’s now out of date. Expert in Asian studies, Dr Willem van der Geest, said: “For China, it has become a very important political issue, it is not just about the weapons, their technical and military capability will be developed in any case, in any scenario from any sources, not just Europeans, globally speaking. What is important, for China is to be seen as a full member in the global international community.” The 25-nation bloc is apparently ready to give China a positive signal during an EU-China summit in The Hague on December 8. But foreign affairs ministers say first they want to see progress on Beijing’s human rights record.