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Apr 01

End of the Euro-China Honeymoon?  Why Europe is Rethinking the Arms Embargo

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

After the June 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing, the United States and the European Union imposed an arms embargo against China. Although some members of the European Union continue to press for an end to the EU's post-Tiananmen arms embargo on China, it is apparent that the internal EU consensus that once supported lifting the ban is falling apart. If it does, the EU is likely to cite China's adoption of the so-called "Anti-Secession Law" against Taiwan and their failure to ratify the U.N.'s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as the reasons. Moreover, the strong opposition from the Bush Administration and the U.S. Congress has also given the EU pause.

What is the future of the Euro-Sino relationship in the wake of China's quest for European arms sales, the anti-secession legislation and continuing human rights abuses? Please join us as our panelists discuss the political, military and economic issues the EU must evaluate.

More About the Speakers

Ambassador Arlette Conzemius
Embassy of Luxembourg,
Washington, D.C.

Daniel Blumenthal
Resident Fellow,
American Enterprise Institute

John Tkacik
Research Fellow in China Policy,
Asian Studies Center,
The Heritage Foundation

Roger Robinson
Vice Chairman,
U.S.-China Economic and
Security Review Commission

Hosted By

Harvey Feldman Harvey Feldman

Distinguished Fellow in China Policy Read More