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China criticizes ‘negative content’ in US defense bill

June 28, 2019 GMT

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing is criticizing what it calls “negative content” about China in legislation before the U.S. Congress, saying it would further damage relations already roiled by disputes over trade and technology.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Friday said cooperation in important areas would be disrupted if the draft National Defense Authorization Act passes.

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.

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Geng said the two sides are in close communication over preparations for the meeting with the goal of achieving a “positive result.”

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