How Europe arms China

china5graphicaFollowing up on a previous post about the European contribution to the Asian arms race (and shifts in the military balance in the Asia-Pacific), readers may find this Reuters study by David Lague of interest:

The Chinese military machine’s secret to success: European engineering

This just about sums it up:

“The distance between Europe and Asia means there is ambivalence about the rapid growth of Chinese military power. From Europe, China looks like an opportunity, not a threat.”

The article points out the value of ‘dual use’ goods and their significance in undermining the strategic purpose of the EU embargo on China, imposed after the Tiananmen square crack-down in 1989.

If you liked this report, you may also like this one on how European space tech has been transferred to China too.

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