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China slams US defence bill over Taiwan provision

AFP  |  Beijing 

today said it had lodged an official protest with the United States following the passage of a defence spending bill that could lead to American warships visiting

has long objected to any military assistance from to the self-governed island, which it considers a breakaway province.


"firmly opposes any forms of official exchange and military contact between the US and Taiwan," foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters at a regular press briefing, adding that had made "stern representations" to over the bill.

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, passed by the US House of Representatives Friday, contains a section on Taiwan, which calls on to provide the island's military with increased military training and to encourage it to expand its defence spending.

An amendment to the bill directs the Pentagon to submit a report to on the feasibility of reestablishing port calls between the US and Taiwanese navies.

The American navy stopped such visits to in 1979, when changed diplomatic recognition from Taipei to

"We urge the US side to fully recognise that the relevant articles in the act are severely harmful," he said.

The US Congress, he added, "should not turn back the will of history lest it should harm the general interests of China-US relations".

The bill must pass the US Senate and be signed by the president before becoming law.

It comes at a sensitive moment in US-relations, as the two sides are at odds over how to handle North Korea and President Donald Trump's administration angered last month over its approval of $1.3 billion worth of arms sales to

Concerns that would become a bargaining chip were raised soon after Trump's election, when he suggested he may abandon the "One China" policy that underpins US-relations, unless he could strike better deals with

But once in office the president unequivocally endorsed the "One China" policy during a visit by Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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