Trump signs $717bn annual defence policy bill into law

Trump signs $717bn annual defence policy bill into law

It was seen as targeting China, which yesterday said the measure exaggerated Sino-US antagonism and that Beijing would take a close look at aspects that beef up the role of the CFIUS.

"The US views China and Russian Federation as the primary challengers to its strategic interests, similar to the Cold War era", Zhao said.

Trump has previously said he supported the One China Policy, but hinted that it should be linked to other issues in the China-US relationship.

President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 into law on Monday, approving the federal defense budget and policy priorities for the upcoming year as well as the attached plan to overhaul the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. "But this time, the report suggests that China has the potential to take the former Soviet Union's place as an all-around competitor to the United States".

Although Trump himself never served in the military, he had the courage to attack McCain and his service.

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It also authorizes a 2.6 percent pay raise for troops, the largest in almost a decade, as well as boost the size of the Navy and the ranks of the military by 15,600 active-duty troops.

The president made a speech before his signature at Fort Drum, a northern NY military base, but didn't mention the ailing senator's name.

With the NDAA signed into law, Congress now turns its attention to passing a defence spending bill to make the dollar amounts authorized by the NDAA a reality.

The colossal bill authorizes an array of defense spending, including the Pentagon's base budget, overseas contingency operations funding and a two-point-six percent pay rise for troops. Turkey had placed an order for procuring 30 F-35A fighter jets and it intends to buy 70 more under the Joint Striker Fighter project. "In honor of that sacred obligation, I will put my signature on the National Defense Authorization Act", said the US President. Turkey and the USA are witnessing the worst bilateral ties ever over the detention of a U.S. pastor in Turkey.

The defense policy bill bars the delivery of F-35 jets to fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey amid concerns over Ankara's desire to buy a Russian missile defense system.

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