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China has complained about 'negative' Taiwan measures in US military budget

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Beijing has lodged a stern complaint with the U.S. government over a bill that would strengthen military ties between the United States and Taiwan, Reuters reported.

The National Defense Authorization Act for the 2018 fiscal year, which the U.S. House passed Friday, supports expanded military exchanges with Taiwan and changes long-standing policy to allow U.S. Navy ships to make port calls here.

"China has already lodged stern representations with the United States about this," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang was quoted as saying.

"Negative content" in the bill was in violation of the "One China" principle, Lu added.

The act included several "sense of Congress" clauses that urge — but don't force — U.S. lawmakers to seek expanded cooperation with Taiwan in training and other exercises as well as to review in a timely manner requests from Taiwan for arms and other defense assistance.

The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate.

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