China asks European Union to end outdated weapons embargo

China asks European Union to end outdated weapons embargo
China asks European Union to end outdated weapons embargo

China called on the European Union Thursday to lift a 17-year-old arms embargo imposed after the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.

"The European arms embargo has been outdated for a long time," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan at a regular foreign ministry press briefing. He appealed to the European Union to lift it "at an early date."

Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing raised the issue with European officials during a visit to Europe this month, Kong said.

The embargo was imposed after the Chinese government's deadly crackdown on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement, reports the AP.

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