Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Mainland opposes US Taiwan-related defense act

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Ellis Copeland | 16 August, 2018, 22:16

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. "And that's what we did", Trump said.

2018, approved by President Trump earlier this week, has made China livid for setting the United States military on a path of "long-term strategic competition with China", while at the same has received praise from Taiwan for U.S. military support in its confrontation with Beijing.

With the NDAA signed into law, Congress now turns its attention to passing a defence spending bill to make the dollar amounts authorized by the NDAA a reality. Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield before the president signs the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, at Fort Drum, N.Y., on August 13, 2018.

"We would not be here for today's signing ceremony without the dedicated efforts without the dedicated members of Congress who worked so hard to pass the National Defense Authorization Act", the president said in Fort Drum, New York on Monday.

Leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies have said they are concerned that ZTE, Huawei and some other Chinese companies are beholden to the Chinese government or Communist Party, raising the risk of espionage.

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The bill also follows the administration's request for 77 F-35 fighter jets and goes beyond the its request for Navy ships, authorizing a total of 13 new vessels.

On Monday, Trump made no mention of the bill's namesake. The mandate to produce a study came after an earlier version proposed to bar the delivery of F-35s to Turkey.

"The United States should strengthen defence and security cooperation with Taiwan to support the development of capable, ready and modern defence forces necessary for Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defence capability", the act states.

It urged the US not to implement the "negative contents related to China so as not to cause damages in Sino-US relations and bilateral cooperation in key areas".

"Chinese armed forces firmly oppose the contents and have lodged solemn representations with the USA side", said Wu.

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