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The Daily BeastJul 20, 2018
Revealed: China's Stealth Lobbying to Undercut a Pentagon Bill
GettyAs lawmakers from the House and Senate hammer out the details of a major defense spending bill, the Chinese government is quietly pushing Congress to remove language that it deems "negative" towards Beijing, The Daily Beast has learned.

Hong Lei, the consul general of the Chinese consulate in Chicago, sent a four-page letter dated June 26 to U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) objecting to nine sections in the House version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including sections relating to missile defense exercises, Arctic policy, Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Chinese meddling in democracies, and Beijing-funded Confucius Institutes.

Hong also criticized the NDAA's designation of China as a U.S. "strategic competitor," saying that the term reflected a "cold-war and zero-sum game mentality," according to a copy of the letter reviewed by The Daily Beast.

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