If the Uzbek killings have shown one thing, it is that Chinese government attitudes have not changed since Tiananmen, which surely means there can be no European case for lifting the arms embargo. The conditions which prompted the embargo remain the same, so the embargo cannot logically be lifted. Still Chirac is still their, so who cares about logic.

[quote][url=]“We firmly support the crackdown on the three forces of separatism, terrorism and extremism by the Uzbekistan government,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Kong Quan told a news conference in Beijing.

“We support the efforts by the Uzbekistan government to stabilise the domestic situation and to engage in national development.”