SPD, Greens reject lifting China arms embargo

27th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

27 October 2004, BERLIN - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democratic Party and Greens coalition partner on Wednesday publicly rejected the German leader's call for lifting a European Union arms export embargo on China. The Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens plan to call for a vote on joint resolution in the Bundestag Thursday setting strict conditions for lifting the embargo imposed after the 1989 killing of pro- democracy protesters in Beijing by Chinese troops. Schroeder called for the embargo to be

27 October 2004

BERLIN - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democratic Party and Greens coalition partner on Wednesday publicly rejected the German leader's call for lifting a European Union arms export embargo on China.

The Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens plan to call for a vote on joint resolution in the Bundestag Thursday setting strict conditions for lifting the embargo imposed after the 1989 killing of pro- democracy protesters in Beijing by Chinese troops.

Schroeder called for the embargo to be lifted during a visit to China last year and reaffirmed this position during a recent visit to Vietnam. He is due to visit China again this later this year.

The Chancellor's chief spokesman, Bela Anda, said the resolution would not lead to any shift in Schroeder's position. Anda also noted that any lifting of the embargo would have to be approved by all 25 EU member states.

The SPD and Greens parliamentary factions are demanding China improve respect for human rights and protection of minorities as well as bolstering private property rights before the embargo is lifted.

E.U. members Germany, France and Italy all back lifting the China arms embargo while Britain is also moving toward supporting such a move. But Denmark and the Netherlands are demanding the embargo be kept in place.

DPA

Subject: German news

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