US National Defense Authorization Act Makes Taiwan Happy, China Livid

US National Defense Authorization Act Makes Taiwan Happy, China Livid

President Donald Trump signed a $716 billion defense spending bill Monday.

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.

Some lawmakers wanted to use the bill to reinstate tough sanctions on ZTE to punish the company for illegally shipping products to Iran and North Korea, but the restrictions included in the final National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, that passed Congress were weaker than earlier versions of the bill. The Act bans U.S. government agencies from using products of major Chinese communication equipment manufacturers, including ZTE, to prevent leaks of confidential information.

China and the U.S. are now locked in a trade war following Trump's slapping of additional tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, as well as dozens of Chinese-made products.

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The bill includes a measure that strengthens the role of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) tasked with assessing whether proposed foreign investments pose a threat to national security. It also suspends sales of F-35 joint strike fighters to Turkey until the Pentagon delivers a report on bilateral military relations and Turkey's potential purchase of the S-400 air and missile defense system from Russian Federation.

Prior to the ceremony Trump watched an air assault demonstration by United States troops at Fort Drum.

"The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is the most significant investment in our military and our warfighters in modern history, and I am very proud to be a big, big part of it", Trump said before signing the bill on Monday.

He called on the United States to adhere to the one-China policy and the principle of the three joint communiques, and not to implement the negative China-related clauses, so as to avoid damaging China-U.S. relations and bilateral cooperation in key areas.

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