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The US Congress approves massive $770 billion defence budget for the US military, keeping China and Ukraine crisis in mind

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The US Congress approves massive $770 billion defence budget for the US military, keeping China and Ukraine crisis in mind
The United States Army in rapid formations (File Photo)


This year's bill was released shortly after Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held two hours of virtual talks on Ukraine and other disputes

U.S. lawmakers included a range of efforts to push back against Russia and China in a massive annual defence bill released on Tuesday, including $300 million for Ukraine's military and a statement of support for the defence of Taiwan.

The fiscal 2022 National Defence Authorization Act, or NDAA, authorizes $770 billion in military spending, including provisions such as a 2.7% pay increase for the troops, reforms of the military justice system to combat sexual assault and initiatives to address geopolitical threats.

The NDAA, which normally passes with strong bipartisan support, is closely watched by a broad swath of industry and other interests because it is one of the only major pieces of legislation that becomes law every year and because it addresses such a wide range of issues.

This year's bill was released shortly after U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held two hours of virtual talks on Ukraine and other disputes.

This year's bill includes $300 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which provides support to Ukraine's armed forces, addresses strong support for NATO, includes $4 billion for the European Defence Initiative and $150 million for Baltic security cooperation.

On China, the bill includes a statement of congressional support for the defence of Taiwan and a ban on the Department of Defence procuring products produced with forced labour from China's Xinjiang region.

The United States has labelled China's treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority in Xinjiang as genocide, and lawmakers have been pushing a ban on imports of products that may have been made with forced labour from Uyghurs. China denies abusing minorities and dismisses the genocide charge as part of slanderous assertions about conditions in Xinjiang.

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