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US defense law a ‘political provocation’ – China – RT World News

Beijing says it ‘deplores and strongly opposes’ new legislation passed by Washington

The US National Defense Authorization Act promotes the “China threat”, interferes in the country’s internal affairs and attacks the Chinese Communist Party, Beijing said on Saturday.

The $858 billion military spending plan for fiscal year 2023, signed into law by US President Biden on Friday, is “a serious political provocation against China”, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of this country in a press release. beijing “deplores and strongly opposes it” the new legislation, he added.

The U.S. Defense Act, which authorized $10 billion in security assistance and expedited arms supplies for Taiwan, sends “a gravely misguided signal to separatist forces of ‘Taiwan independence’ and gravely affects peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”, It said.

The island of Taiwan has been self-governing since 1949, but has never officially declared its independence from Beijing, as China considers it part of its territory. Tensions between Beijing and Taipei have been high since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in August.

“The United States must stop seeking to use Taiwan to contain China, stop misleading, distorting and hollowing out the one-China principle, and stop going even further down the wrong and dangerous path.” , he added. notify the ministry.

Among other things, the bill also contained an amendment that barred US government agencies from purchasing products containing computer chips made by a specific group of Chinese companies.

Beijing has urged Washington to refrain from implementing “China-related negative sections” in the law or face “strong and resolute” countermeasures. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it would be advantageous for both parties if the United States waived their “Cold War and zero-sum mentality” and develops a rational view of relations with China.

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