Beijing strongly opposes China-related content in new USA defence act

Frederick Owens
August 16, 2018

The president also said the measure will help to create the new U.S. Space Force, which he said is necessary to counter military moves by China and others in orbit.

The National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, strengthens the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews proposals to determine if they threaten national security.

Wu said the act goes against the one-China policy, damages the development of Sino-US military-to-military relations and undermines mutual trust and cooperation between the two countries.

While President Donald Trump sang praises over the defense spending bill he signed called the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, he conveniently left out the bill's namesake in his congratulatory speech.

The NDAA for fiscal year 2019 includes two provisions pertaining to Taiwan.

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President Donald Trump signed a $716 billion defense spending bill Monday. The Act bans U.S. government agencies from using products of major Chinese communication equipment manufacturers, including ZTE, to prevent leaks of confidential information.

Trump signed the bill during a visit to Fort Drum, New York, where he was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, Deputy Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, reports The Hill. The NDAA also authorizes $7.6 billion to procure 77 F-35 fighter jets and $24.1 billion to fund the construction of 13 new battle force ships and accelerates funding for several future ships.

Even though Mr Trump said the Bill "is the most significant investment in our military and our war-fighters in modern history", former president Barack Obama's first three defence budgets were larger, when adjusted for inflation, according to Mr Todd Harrison at the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

The Chinese Commerce Ministry said on Tuesday it would "comprehensively asses the contents" of the defense act, focusing on how the policy will impact Chinese firms.

He also urged not to implement the negative China-related clauses, so as to avoid damaging bilateral relations and cooperation in key areas.

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