March 21, 2005

WHO'S AFRAID OF THE EUROFIGHTER?:

US chill gives Europe cold feet on China arms sales (Roland Watson, Richard Beeston and David Charter, 3/22/05, Times of London)

EUROPE is reconsidering plans to lift its arms embargo on China in the light of America’s implacable opposition and a new Chinese threat against Taiwan.

Several European Union member states have got “cold feet”, making it “significantly” more likely that the EU will eventually drop its controversial plan, senior diplomatic sources have told The Times.

At the very least, the decision is likely to be postponed.

“Taking our time rather than rushing may not be a bad idea,” one EU official said.

Last week a high-level EU delegation left Washington under no illusion that giving China access to European military equipment would infuriate the US. Congressional leaders have threatened to stop selling advanced military technologies to European allies if the embargo is lifted.


What's the big deal? It's not as if European arms have posed much of a challenge to us since the middle of the 19th Century. May as well drain currency from China especially when they'll be getting junk.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 21, 2005 11:00 PM
Comments

In the first and second Iraqi wars, if memory serves, foreign militaries observed how those Iraqi Soviet tanks performed. Bummer, given that Soviet tanks were blown sky-high and constituted the tank armament of those same foreign governments. An EU commercial Airbus rudder recently fell off in mid-air (an unheard-of event). I'm with oj all the way on this one. Like Hubert Humphrey used to say on the floor of the Senate concerning food exports to the Soviet Union (I paraphrase): "I'm in favor of exporting anything to them that they can't shoot back at us."

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at March 22, 2005 2:55 AM

"An EU commercial Airbus rudder recently fell off in mid-air (an unheard-of event)."

The only thing unheard of was that everyone wasn't killed when it happened this time.

Posted by: capt mike at March 22, 2005 6:07 AM

"Congressional leaders have threatened to stop selling advanced military technologies to European allies if the embargo is lifted."

Why, given the typical European faith in the theory and application of "soft" power, would they need to import US high-tech weaponry in the first place? We should cut them off regardless of whether or not they decide to sell to the PRC.

Posted by: MB at March 22, 2005 8:02 AM

The Euros have let their scientific establishment wither and/or flee to the States. They need to get technology from somewhere, hence their decision to increase ties with Israel and here apparently not to tick off Taiwan and the US.

Posted by: bart at March 22, 2005 8:21 AM

China will be getting our arms technology, which Europe has obtained through NATO for the sake of NATO interoperability.

Posted by: pj at March 22, 2005 8:49 AM

PJ:

Thus the need to cut off US arms cooperation with Europe if the deal goes ahead.

Posted by: Mike Earl at March 22, 2005 10:03 AM

PJ:

Thus the need to cut off US arms cooperation with Europe if the deal goes ahead.

Posted by: Mike Earl at March 22, 2005 10:08 AM

China doesn't need Europe to get our arms technology. All they need is to send somebody to walk around the Congressional office buildings with a big bag full of hundred dollar bills and they'll get all the technology they could ever want. And it doesn't matter which party is in charge.

Posted by: bart at March 22, 2005 10:53 AM

China already has plenty of junks.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at March 22, 2005 12:47 PM

There are two types of weapons the PRC would benefit from: an effective torpedo and a workable sub launched, anti-ship cruise missile. These would be bad news for us. The rest of what's on offer from the EU are just toys for the milicrats to play with.

Posted by: Luciferous at March 22, 2005 2:55 PM
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