France Snubs Japan
Just this month China passed legislation to allow possible military action to “reaquire” it’s “lost colony” of Taiwan. This has not deterred the EU from lifting a ban on arms trade to China much to Japan’s disapproval. The BBC is reporting:
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Japan was opposed to the move on EU plans to lift an arms embargo on China, which it fears could upset the military balance in East Asia.
But President Jacques Chirac said there would be safeguards on “sensitive” arms and technology exports to Beijing.
He said conditions had changed since the ban imposed after the repression of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.