Peter Mandelson, the EU Trade Commissioner, again signals his desire to sell China arms. Having described the arms embargo, imposed after the Tianamen Square massacre, as "anachronistic", Mandy now tells the Chinese that it would be so much easier to consummate the lifting of the embargo if China could show some willingness in the matter of human rights.
Not as a condition of lifting the embargo, mind. The Chinese need not fear that Mandy means any of this. What Mandy has in mind is purely cosmetic, purely for the purposes of spin, to help sell this shameful measure to the world.
EUbusiness - EU trade chief urges more evidence from China on arms ban, market status