CONGRESS has approved a new $740.5bn (£541.9bn) defence spending bill overturning President Trump’s veto as a Senator warned of “World War III” with Beijing.
This was achieved by a cross-party alliance of Democrat and Republican lawmakers.
The bill included a five year $18.5bn (£13.5bn) ‘Pacific Deterrence Initiative’ to boost the US military presence in the Pacific Ocean.
Tensions between America and China have been surging in this region, with the US refusing to accept Beijing’s claim of sovereignty over the South China Sea.
The new legislation, which came to 4,500 pages, was drafted by the Senate armed services committee.