Japan asks France not to sell helicopter equipment to China

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Japan asks France not to sell helicopter equipment to China | GlobalPost

Japan on Sunday asked France to refrain from exporting to China ship-based landing systems for helicopters amid a maritime standoff between Tokyo and Beijing.

In a meeting with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Singapore, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said the sale could lead to an increase in Chinese flights around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, potentially heightening an already tense situation between the two countries.

Onodera quoted Le Drian as telling him that France did not consider the systems to be for military use. The equipment allows helicopters to land on ships even in bad weather.
French Defense Minister rejected this request @Armand2REP in Shangri La Dialogue Singapore



 
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Japan understands Chinese character & intension better than all others... France please listen to what Japan says"¦
 

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France goes for money!
 

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Why should we? Japan doesn't have leverage on us. It puts our people to work which is priority #1.
 

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France is a neutral country.

Even when US was against us, it remained neutral and refused to put up with US, UK, Germany, Japan and the rest of the NATO country bandwagon who sanctioned India.

So why will they listen to Japan?

Neutrality must be honoured both ways.
 

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For violations of NPT/or probably MTCR, there were some restrictions/sanctions imposed on arms transfer to China, in mid-1990's, if I am not wrong.

Have these sanctions been rescinded ?
 

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Wow, Japan is getting nervous about every single arms deal that China does.
 

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Really? It is just a landing system. It is not like we are selling them weapons. You would think they would be more concerned with Mistral going to Russia.
 

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