China criticises negative content in US defense bill

first_imgBeijing: Beijing on Friday criticized “negative content” about China in legislation before the US Congress, saying it would further damage relations already roiled by disputes over trade and technology. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the draft National Defense Authorization Act, if passed, would undermine efforts to mutually overcome obstacles. “We express firm opposition to the U.S. Senate’s approval of the act containing negative content related to China,” Geng told reporters at a daily briefing. Also Read – Treason case against Musharraf to be heard daily from October 24: Court”Once the act becomes a law, it will damage China-U.S. relations and disrupt bilateral cooperation in some important areas.” The bill blocks transfer of sensitive technology to China and prevents Chinese state companies from receiving U.S. federal funds. Geng’s comments came a day before President Donald Trump is to meet his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, amid hopes the leaders will call a truce in the ongoing disputes. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Geng said the two sides are in close communication over preparations for the meeting “We hope that the U.S. can meet China halfway and work together with us to promote a positive result of the meeting,” Geng said. “This is in the interest of both countries and also meets the common expectation of the international community.” The US accuses Beijing of stealing technology and forcing foreign companies to hand over trade secrets as part of a drive to end America’s technological supremacy.last_img read more