US President Donald Trump approved a defense budget bill that focuses on threats posed by China. This provoked an immediate reaction from Beijing which said the move was an instance of interference in its internal affairs. According to reports by US media, most lawmakers share the view of the White House and the Pentagon that the current power competition with China is one of the top challenges the US faces in the years ahead. Monday's legislation also calls "long-term strategic competition with China" a top priority for the United States for which it emphasizes improving defense capabilities of self-ruled Taiwan.
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