Trump signs defense policy bill with watered-down China measures

Carolyn Kaster  AP

In June, an amendment was passed by the US Senate that would have reinstated a trade ban on ZTE.

That requires a "whole-of-government" strategy, incorporating diplomatic, economic, intelligence, law enforcement and military elements, to protect and strengthen national security, the defence act states.

"We would not be here for today's signing ceremony without the dedicated efforts of the members of Congress who worked so hard to pass the National Defense Authorization Act", he said.

"But maybe he wants to", Trump said, taunting, "Please do it".

The event was help to recognize the signing of a bill named in honor of Sen.

The ban is part of a $716 billion defense policy bill newly signed by President Trump.

Leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies have said they are concerned that ZTE, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and some other Chinese companies are beholden to the Chinese government or Communist Party, raising the risk of espionage. "McCain. The other one was past year, a VA bill, and the president made sure not to mention the senator then either", he continued.




Earlier, a bill was proposed by a senator that called for all a ban on all ZTE and Huawei devices by all government employees and contractors.

Although the vast majority of the bill is directed towards more traditional aspects of national security, a few clauses, specifically sections 886 and 889, point the finger at the two Chinese vendors. Chinese officials say it sets "long-term strategic competition with China" as a top priority and includes measures that aid Taiwan.

The report is expected to include an assessment of Turkey's participation in the F-35 program as well as the risks that would be posed by the country's purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defence system.

Before his speech, Trump stood on the tarmac at the airfield to watch a previously unannounced air assault exercise with 10th Mountain Division Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers and Black Hawk helicopters.

Trump warned in May that the ban was causing heavy job losses in China, and the Commerce Department reached a deal to lift the ban in June, allowing business with USA companies to resume.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang urged the United States against implementing the disputed provisions of the law to avoid damaging China-U.S. relations.

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