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The Possibility of EU Lifting Arms Embargo on China in the Context of the Eurozone Debt Crisis

Dong Huang

Recently, with the deterioration of the Eurozone debt crisis, the problem of EU arms embargo on China has appeared again in the dialogues between the EU and China. It looks like that, China has a will to help the EU financially if the EU could make certain concessions in certain sensitive areas including EU lifting arms embargo on China. Therefore, is there a possibility that the EU will lift its arms ban against China in order to obtain the financial assistance from China? From the legacy of the hot debate in the EU lifting arms embargo on China during 2003 and 2005, we can know that the attitude of the US on this matter will largely influence the decision making of the EU. Therefore, after the delineation of the endeavor of the EU lifting arms embargo on China from 2003 to 2005, the author would like to focus on the relations between the EU and the US in the context of the Eurozone debt crisis, as well as figure out whether the US is still strongly against EU lifting arms embargo on China. At last, the author concludes that in the background of the Eurozone debt crisis, it is not clever to bring the sensitive EU arms embargo on China at the table, because it is difficult for the EU to lift the arms ban when it has tough troubles in its own backyard.



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