Trump signs defence policy bill with watered-down China measures

Trump signs NDAA for FY 2019, authorizing $250 mln assistance to Ukraine

Earlier this month, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the defense policy bill.

Beijing bashed Washington on Tuesday after United States President Donald Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which includes measures undermining China's territorial sovereignty and core interests.

The formal name of the bill is "John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019", and it is listed on the White House daily guidance with this name, but Trump took the liberty to call it "National Defense Authorization Act" at Fort Drum.

However, Trump touted the $716 billion bill as "the most significant investment in our military in our warfighters in modern history".

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Measures against China in the new act include issuing public reports on China's activities in the South China Sea, and banning China from future Rim of the Pacific Exercises, a biennial naval event led by the U.S. in Hawaii.

"The US views China and Russian Federation as the primary challengers to its strategic interests, similar to the Cold War era", Zhao said. The Act bans United States government agencies from using products of major Chinese communication equipment manufacturers, including ZTE, to prevent leaks of confidential information.

Amid ruptured US-Turkey diplomatic ties, the US has put on hold the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Ankara.

Trump has previously said he supported the One China Policy, but hinted that it should be linked to other issues in the China-US relationship. The mandate to produce a study came after an earlier version proposed to bar the delivery of F-35s to Turkey.

China urges the United States to abandon Cold War thinking and correctly and objectively view relations, and not implement the act's negative clauses about China, so as to avoid harming cooperation, the ministry added.

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