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1. The following are excerpts from a news report, dated June 28, 2019, under the headline "Senate backs massive defense bill, targets China, sets Iran vote".|
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a $750 billion defense policy bill with provisions that target China on issues from technology transfers to the sale of synthetic opioids, pushing to counter growing Chinese influence around the world.
The 973-page National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, passed by an 86-8 vote.
However, in an unusual procedural move, the Senate will have a separate vote on Friday on an amendment that would ban Republican President Donald Trump from attacking Iran without first obtaining congressional approval.
Despite growing tensions with Iran, the amendment is not expected to get the 60 votes needed to pass the Republican-controlled Senate.
Among other provisions, the Senate NDAA requires detailed reporting from the Department of Defense to prevent transfers of sensitive technology to China or Russia, as well as reports on access to the Arctic. It also requires tighter screening of scholars seeking visas to the United States....
The NDAA is still several steps from becoming law. The Senate version must be reconciled with a version expected to come up for a vote next month in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. That compromise version, expected later this year, must pass both the Senate and House, and be signed into law by Trump.
The Senate NDAA also includes an amendment to bar federal funds from going to Chinese state-owned companies such as CRRC, the world’s largest maker of passenger trains....
One of the few pieces of major legislation passed every year, the NDAA becomes a vehicle for a broad range of policy measures, as well as determining everything from military pay levels to which ships or aircraft will be modernized, purchased or discontinued.
The Senate NDAA also contains an amendment to strengthen sanctions against North Korea, imposing secondary sanctions on financial institutions that do business with Pyongyang in violation of existing sanctions. (End excerpts)
2. As reported on March 16, 2018, the US has at least 6,550 nuclear warheads vis-à-vis China's 290. We can compare the US overwhelming nuclear superiority over China with the size of champion boxer and a baby lizard. So what's the US fuss in passing the massive defence bill to target China?
Using an analogy, if the champion boxer screams in fright when he finds a tiny lizard in his hair, we may understand America's Sinophobia which can be described with two Chinese idioms -- "pa si" (怕死) meaning "afraid of death", and "pa shu" (怕输) meaning "afraid of losing".
Such unwarranted fears show that the US views its current conflict with China not just as the so-called "trade war" but as a "life-and-death struggle" with a rising power. Neither has the conflict anything to do with Trump's so-called “unfair trading practices” nor US trade deficits.
Taking note of the strong bipartisan support for Trump to crush China, it is not a troll or sheer exaggeration to speculate or “predict” ( “guess intelligently” ) that the Sino-US rivalry could last many centuries.
China would be courting death if it underestimates the US resolve to contain its rise on all fronts. Whatever we call the conflict, the US threats against China are neither a Trumpian joke nor a fleeting phenomenon.