(Washington DC) — Congress is sending a very loud message to China in its efforts to obtain U.S. technology. The U.S. Senate approved a 716-billion dollar defense spending bill with bipartisan support. The House had approved it last week and President Trump has said he would sign it. The bill passed 79 to 10 and strengthens the Committee of Foreign Investment in its mission to review if any outside money represents a national security concern. It also prevents the federal government from using technology from two major Chinese telecommunications companies that are considered cybersecurity risks. The bill also prevents the sale of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets to NATO ally Turkey until a report is issued on that country’s plan to purchase a Russian missile defense system.
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