President Donald Trump has given his assent to the $ 716 billion defence policy bill which paves way for military spending and limits controls on contracts with China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp. The bill is named after the US Senator John McCain. Trump has labelled the bill as the most striking investment in military and war-fighters although the first three budgets of Obama administration were much bigger even when inflation was factored in.
Although many senators were in favour of tougher sanctions against the Chinese ZTE Corp. for its involvement in the illegal shipments to Iran and North Korea. However, the final version of the NDAA is much weaker than earlier versions. Infact Trump administration has lifted a previous ban on US companies who want to sell to ZTE thus permitting ZTE to resume its business ventures with US. The move has against pitted Trump against both the Democrat and Republican senators. US Intelligence has voiced its concerns about the possibility of espionage as both Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. are bound to the Chinese leadership.
The NDAA fosters the Committee on Foreign Investment in US CFIUS which overlooks various foreign investments to see if they harm national security. Latter was seen as a measure to target China. In addition, the bill has asked the Secretary of Defence to deeply look into the effects of deployment of Russian-manufactured S 400 missile defence systems on the US-made weapons which are used by Turkey.
The Bill has ratified an expenditure of $7.6 billion for 77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets which are manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corporation.