Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Taiwan "jittery"

Taiwan is nervous about the EU possibly lifting its arms ban on China:

Taiwan is getting jittery about a new push within the European Union to lift a 15-year embargo on weapons sales to China — the communist giant periodically threatening to attack this tiny democratic island.

Taiwan officials argue that dropping the ban would shake up the delicate military balance in Asia and increase the threat of war with Taiwan, a conflict that could drag in the United States and spark a Japanese military buildup.

They also insist that the EU embargo — imposed after China's bloody 1989 crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests — should continue until the Chinese improve their dismal human rights record.

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