China Calls the US Defense Act a ‘Political Provocation’  

Reacting to the US National Defense Authorization Act, which contains a large number of negative provisions on China, Beijing insisted on Saturday that the new legislation adopted by Washington is a serious political provocation against China.

Stressing that it deplores and firmly opposes the legislation that was signed into law by President Biden on Friday, Beijing said it hypes up the China threat, attacks the Chinese Communist Party, and interferes in China’s internal affairs.

Chinese foreign ministry has pointed out in its statement that the US has adopted the $858-billion military spending program for the fiscal year 2023 despite China’s opposition.

Urging Washington to refrain from implementing the negative China-related sections in the act or face “strong and resolute” countermeasures, Beijing says that the bill, among other things, contains an amendment restricting US government agencies from buying products that contain computer chips made by a specific group of Chinese companies.

According to the Chinese foreign ministry, it would be beneficial for both sides if the US develops a rational view on relations with China and gives up on its Cold War and zero-sum mentality.

The ministry says that the US defense act contains a large number of negative provisions on Taiwan which, according to China’s leadership, seriously violate the one-China principle and the stipulations in the three China-US Joint Communiqués.

They believe the bill is also sending a gravely wrong signal to separatist forces striving towards Taiwan independence and severely affects peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait by authorizing $10 billion worth of security assistance and fast-tracking weapons procurement for Taiwan.

The ministry also urged the US to stop seeking to use Taiwan to contain China, stop fudging, distorting, and hollowing out the One-China principle, and stop moving, as it underlines, even further down the wrong and dangerous path.

Although self-governed since 1949, the island of Taiwan has never officially declared independence from China, and Beijing is still viewing it as part of China’s territory.

There have been very high tensions between Beijing and Taipei ever since the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan in August.

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