August 8, 2018
Congress has sent the fiscal 2019 defense authorization act to the White House with several provisions targeting China.
The China measures call on the Pentagon to improve arms sales to Taiwan and hold joint military exercises with the island’s forces, along with increasing high-level U.S.-Taiwan military exchanges.
The legislation authorizes $717 billion for defense and was completed recently after a House-Senate conference reconciled two versions of the bill.
The legislation, called the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act after the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman who is battling cancer, also calls for blocking the Pentagon from inviting China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from taking part in the biennial naval exercises known as Rim of the Pacific, or Rimpac.
Trump is expected to sign the bill into law in the near future.
National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis had no immediate comment.
This article was posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 8:18 am