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China to Again Ask EU to Lift Arms Embargo


China says it will again call on the European Union to lift its arms sales embargo during upcoming talks with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and EU officials.

Mr. Schroeder will be in China next week for talks with President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. Afterwards, Mr. Wen will travel to the Netherlands to attend Wednesday's China - European Union summit.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue says Beijing should not be expected to make any concessions on human rights to have the embargo lifted.

The European Union imposed the embargo in 1989 after China's violent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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