Beijing has asked the EU to end a ban on arms sales imposed after the
1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.
In its first EU policy paper,
published yesterday, China said relations with Europe were better now than at any time in
history and the ban on Chinese weapon technology sales should be lifted to improve
The EU was China's third-largest trade partner last year
with volume reaching US$86.8 billion. The report predicted the EU would eventually
become China's largest investment partner.
As well as asking for a lift of
the weapons ban China also asked the EU not to sell military technology to Taiwan.