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China criticises US NDAA for FY 2019

15 August 2018

Beijing has heavily criticised the US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) for containing what it referred to as “negative content related to China” along with plans to strengthen Taiwan’s force readiness and military capabilities.

Referring to certain aspects of the USD716 billion NDAA, which was signed into law by US President Donald Trump on 13 August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Beijing urged Washington the following day to “abandon Cold War and zero-sum game thinking, correctly treat China and Sino-US relations, abide by the One-China policy and the three Sino-US joint communiqués, and not implement relevant Chinese-related negative provisions so as to avoid harming bilateral relations and co-operation in important areas”.

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