Published: Thu, August 16, 2018

Trump signs NDAA for FY 2019, authorizing $250 mln assistance to Ukraine

Trump signs NDAA for FY 2019, authorizing $250 mln assistance to Ukraine

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.

"We would not be here for today's signing ceremony without the dedicated efforts without the dedicated members of Congress who worked so hard to pass the National Defense Authorization Act", the president said in Fort Drum, New York on Monday.

Senior Colonel Wu Qian, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry, said on Tuesday that the act tries to interfere in China's internal affairs and stoke Sino-US conflict, and that it operates from a Cold War mentality.

Lu Kang, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, called on the U.S. to abandon its Cold War thinking and zero-sum mindset, and to uphold the one-China policy and joint communiques made by both countries.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry previously said that the One China principle is the precondition and political basis for any country having relations with China.

However, the Trump administration opposed putting stronger measures against the Chinese companies in the defense bill, which ultimately included watered-down controls on United States government contracts with China's ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the White House denied any change to its One China Policy. Taiwan's national defense spending would continue to increase and the use of special budgets would be approved in the case of important purchases, President Tsai Ing-wen said.

The US State Department on Wednesday also said that Tsai's speech did not indicate a change in US policy and that Washington acknowledges Beijing as the sole government of China.

Earlier, the NDAA was supported by the U.S. Senate.

Beijing filed a formal complaint with the USA government ahead of Tsai's trip late last month, and again following her speech on Tuesday.

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