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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

IMPROVING U.S. - E.U. RELATIONS

By Helle Dale - 16 Feb 2005

"Next week, President Bush will cross the Atlantic in search of better relations with European nations. Improving trans-Atlantic atmospherics has become one of the priorities of his second term, and Mr. Bush's visit will be a sequel to the highly successful diplomatic trip concluded last week by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice....

A far more meaningful gesture of good will would be for the EU to listen to American concerns over China's arms build-up, and to step back from a really bad decision.... It is the EU's plan to lift its embargo by June, according to EU Foreign Affairs High Commissioner Javier Solana. One might well say that the EU is being positively unilateral on this issue. Europe and the United States are supposed to be military allies in NATO after all, are we not?....

China, a major weapons proliferator, is known to have transferred advanced Western technology to countries like Iran, North Korea and Pakistan. And China is engaged in a furious arms build-up, to the tune of $17.8 billion since 1995, with no external enemies in sight....

All of which may leave the Bush administration with some unpopular choices of its own. One step could be to revive Cocom (the Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Controls) from the Soviet days...." entire article

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