The EU’s moral spinelessness in negotiating with hostile powers, mentioned earlier here and here, and prematurely rebutted by my friend Jarrod at EEWW, has been reaffirmed by the EU’s own foreign policy chief:
EU foreign policy chief Solana says China arms ban ‘unfair’
BRUSSELS : European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Javier Solana said that maintaining an arms embargo on China is “unfair” given the changes in China since it was imposed in 1989.
Beyond China’s recent legislative threat to Taiwan, the reasons not to lift the ban are so obvious on their face that I needn’t even get into my messier, realpolitik opposition to the sale. To quote some German newspapers compiled by BBC monitoring:
Sueddeutsche Zeitung: “As long as so little in China changes for the better… there is no reason to reverse an EU policy which has so far been right because it is decent.”
Der Tagesspiegel: “It is shameful for EU giants France and Germany, with their global ambitions, that they have to be reminded by smaller EU states such as Sweden and Belgium that Europe has to take on global responsibility in Asia, too… [They] will now have time to reconsider their position.”
Additionally, go figure that Germany’s Green Party also opposes lifting the embargo. Granted, their motivations are different from mine, but the enemy of my enemy….
I’m not one of the Nancy Pelosi types that thinks China has to hold elections for us to even talk to them. Things in China are genuinely changing for the better. But if nothing else, China’s decision to declare it would use force against Taiwan just before a vote was the equivalent of kicking sand in the EU’s face. That borders on Pyongyang diplomacy, and only degree holders from the Chamberlain School of Advanced Diplomacy should be involved in negotiations when the other party acts with such bad faith.