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Europe's oldest embargo - arms sales to superpower China

Frank Slijper

After the bloody suppression of protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, the European Union (and the US) ordered an arms embargo that applies until today. From a human rights perspective this is fully justified: the situation remains appalling and attempts at democratic reforms are nipped in the bud. At the same time the embargo is also clearly politically motivated, to keep China as small as possible in military terms. While the economic relationship with China has grown, military co-operation rightly remains a thorny issue. Despite cracks in the embargo it won't be off the table any time soon. Yet it is a question how long the blockade will be maintained with China strengthening its power base.

Des pressions pour un complexe militaro-industriel en Inde ?

Les acquisitions de matériel militaire par l'Inde sont le sujet favori lors des supermarchés mondiaux de l'armement. Les importations d'armement de l'Inde devraient se monter à environ 30 milliards de dollars américains ces prochaines années. L'Inde est sans doute le plus gros importateur mondial dans ce domaine avec des achats annuels se portant aux alentours de 6 milliards de dollars, une proportion non négligeable du budget de la défense de l'Inde, lequel se monte à 28 milliards de dollars pour l'année 2009-10.

War Profiteer of the Month: Alliant Techsystems

ATK — Alliant Techsystems is a $3.1 billion advanced weapon and space systems company with approximately 14,000 employees and operations in 23 states. The company is the world's leading supplier of solid propulsion systems and the nation's largest manufacturer of ammunition.

Alliant Techsystems, Inc. supplies aerospace and defense products to the U.S. government, U.S.

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