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China protests against signing of US defense act

Writer:   |  Editor: Lily A  |  From:   |  Updated: 2018-08-15

China yesterday expressed strong dissatisfaction with the U.S. government as it passed and signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, which includes negative China-related contents, in disregard of China’s opposition.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2019 into law. The bill includes clauses such as directing a whole-of-government strategy on China and submitting the assessment and plan on strengthening Taiwan’s force readiness.

“China has repeatedly made clear its position and lodged solemn representations with the United States,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang, adding that China urges the United States to abandon its Cold War mentality and the concept of a zero-sum game, and objectively view its relations with China.

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.

On the same day, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) made a comment after the passing and signing of the NDDA for Fiscal 2019 in which the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act was incorporated.

China hopes the United States will treat Chinese investors objectively and fairly, the spokesman said.

China will conduct a full evaluation of the act and closely monitor its impact on Chinese companies, the spokesperson said.

With economic globalization deepening, cross-border investment is booming. Two-way investment between China and the United States has huge potential as companies from both countries have strong willingness to strengthen cooperation.

The two governments should conform to corporate opinions and provide a sound environment and stable expectations. The United States should treat Chinese investors in an objective and fair way and prevent the national security review blocking investment cooperation, said the spokesperson.