China to 'comprehensively' assess new US defence act

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2018

Chinese officials on Tuesday decried new measures targeting China included in the US defense bill signed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had "less of an impact on environment so far than I feared" Trump claims tapes of him saying the "n-word" don't exist Trump wanted to require staffers to get permission before writing books: report MORE on Monday, saying it would closely examine the legislation.

In a statement released on its website, the Chinese foreign ministry said Beijing was "strongly dissatisfied" with Trump signing the defence act.

China's commerce ministry said on Tuesday that it would conduct a comprehensive assessment of the contents of the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Chinese officials say it sets "long-term strategic competition with China" as a top priority and includes measures that aid Taiwan.

The John S. McCain National Defence Authorisation Act - named after the Arizona senator, who is battling brain cancer - broadens the scope of the committee that reviews foreign investments in the United States for national security concerns.

Chinese and USA companies seek greater cooperation on investment, it added, urging the two countries' governments to heed the voices of their companies, and provide a good environment and stable expectations.

In a statement on its website, the ministry said that the US should treat investors with objectivity and fairness.

China's Defence Ministry also weighed in, saying the act "exaggerated Sino-US antagonism", damaged trust between the two militaries and involved the most important and sensitive issue in bilateral ties, namely Taiwan.

"We will not allow anyone to split Taiwan from China in any way or at any time".

"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.

Taiwan would "continue to actively coordinate with the U.S. government to stably deepen the security partnership between Taiwan and the United States on a mutually beneficial basis", Taiwan's foreign ministry said.

Sr. Col. Wu Qian said the US plan aims to benefit Taiwan, despite Washington's recognizing Beijing under the One China policy.

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