The EU Arms Embargo against China: Should Europe Play a Role in East Asian Security

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Series Details 01 January 2009
Publication Date January 2009
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Europe and East Asia are highly interdependent through their extensive mutual trade and investment relations, but also because the European Union(EU), China, and Japan are major actorson international forums such as the
United Nations (UN) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

While Europe has a stable regional security system – the main component of which is the EU – this is not the case in East Asia. The lack of a dependable security mechanism to deal with potential East Asian flashpoints such as the ‘Taiwan issue’ has a destabilising effect on Euro
pe’s economic and security interests. Clearly, Europe would benefit from a strengthening of stability in East Asia.

The main argument in this paper is that the EU should strive to assume a degree of responsibility for East Asian security that corresponds with its interests. The EU arms embargo against China serves as an illustration both of
the need for the EU to take more responsibility for East Asian security, and of the ways in which a more active role might be pursued.

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