The European Council Imposed The Arms Embargo

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Despite the economically strategic partnership, the well-established and institutionalised dialogue channels that the EU and China share, there are a number of challenges that pose barriers to closer economic cooperation. The first and probably, most disputed impediment is the EU 's arms embargo to China, since the Tienanmen protests in 1989. The European Council imposed the arms embargo, along with a suspension of military cooperation, on China as a result of the cruel suppression of the pro-democratic demonstrations in Tienanmen square. However, the Council is not clear to the EU member-states about the exact terms of the embargo, leading to misinterpetations by many member-states as to how to handle their arms trade with China…show more content…
The arguements of the US side included security concerns about China 's use of weaponry in the region against the US, lack of progress with China 's human rights record and Chinese provocations of weapon proliferation (Narramore 2008, quoting from: Tang 2005). It is obvious that the EU was heavily lobbied by the US, something that caused a huge campaign by China in order to negotiate the issue with member-states sepparately, instead of confronting the EU as a whole. China ended up "attacking" verbally particular member-states and warning Denmark that, “...relations between China and Denmark will be seriously damaged politically and economically if Denmark insists on this resolution”1 (Glen and Murgo 2007, quoted from McKinnon ,1997, “U.N. Rights debate intensifying.”). While the EU Parliament has failed to vote for lifting the embargo, many parts (like the former High Represenatative for European Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton and the Chinese Ambassador to the EU Song Zhe) have expressed their concern about the continuation of Europe 's reluctancy to face the issue. In 2010 there was an attempt to pass a plan to lift the embargo, but it was condemned by a few EU member-states and some external actors like the US and Japan, who raised concerns about a possible change of security power balance in the region. For China this treatment raises issues of "political discrimination", it questions China
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