China on Tuesday expressed its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to the U.S.' Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 as it included negative China-related content.
Washington’s new defense bill has made specific references to Taiwan and requires the U.S. Secretary of Defense to conduct a comprehensive assessment of Taiwan’s military readiness, and to submit his findings in a report to Congress within a year with specific recommendations for boosting cross-Pacific cooperation.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang pointed out the Chinese side has repeatedly expressed its position on this issue and has lodged a solemn representation to the U.S..
China urges the U.S. to abandon the Cold War mentality and its zero-sum beliefs to correctly and objectively view Sino-U.S. relations, Lu added.
He also stressed the U.S. should firmly abide by the one-China principle and the commitments made in the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques.
Lu also told the U.S. not to implement a negative China-related clause so as to avoid damaging Sino-U.S. relations and cooperation in key areas between the two sides.