China opposes China-related content of US 2019 defense authorization act

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The proposed United States National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 was presented to US President Donald Trump on August 3 for his signature to be enacted, however, China has expressed opposition on the bill’s China-related content which involves South China Sea and Taiwan.

“We urge the US to discard the outdated cold-war and zero-sum mentality, stop allowing the bill that contains negative China-related content to pass into law and refrain from implementing the relevant clauses, lest it should undermine the China-US relations and the cooperation in key areas,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on August 2.

“As to the Taiwan-related issues, I shall stress again that the Taiwan issue concerns China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and it is the most important and sensitive issue at the core of China-US relations,” he added.

Geng Shuang said China firmly opposes any official exchange and military contact between Taiwan and any country. “We demand that the US should abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqu├ęs to properly handle the Taiwan-related issues,” he said.

US Senate and House of Representatives have agreed to the Conference report regarding US National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 on August 1 and July 26, respectively.

US Senate passed the bill on June 18, while US House passed the bill on May 24.

According to US Department of Defense, FY19 Defense Authorization Act authorizes a $717 billion national defense budget that rebuilds US military, increases lethality, strengthens alliances and partnerships and reforms the way we do business.

Sources: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/2511_665403/t1582646.shtml; https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5515/actions; https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/1591064/fy19-defense-authorization-bill-passes-congress-in-record-speed/