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France and Germany sought the lifting of the EU arms embargo in 2004 but Washington insisted on the embargo being maintained. The embargo was lifted against Uzbekistan last October, despite continuing concerns about human rights in the central Asian nation. This leaves China in the company of a handful of countries, including Congo, North Korea,… » read more

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I had the good fortune to be in Beijing on 1 October and witnessed the parade and evening gala concert. Only superlatives do justice to the quality and organisation of the events, which involved perhaps 250 000 participants. Contrary to what a number of commentators have said, I believe that the military parade, which began… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick