Obama signs defense bill

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 08:20 hrs

-ANI): U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a 633-billion-U.S. dollar defense bill for next year, the White House said early Thursday.

Obama had threatened to veto the bill because of a number of concerns. He said although he continued to oppose certain sections of the bill, "the need to renew critical defense and authorities and funding was too great to ignore."

The bill covers the cost of ships, aircraft, weapons and military personnel as well as the war effort in Afghanistan.

It consists of 528 billion dollars for the Defense Department's base budget, 17 billion for defense and nuclear programs in the Energy Department and 88 billion for overseas contingency operations that covers the war in Afghanistan.

The bill contained controversial sections relating to the disputed Diaoyu Islands between China and Japan as well as arms sales to Taiwan.

China has expressed serious concerns and firm opposition to the two sections. (Xinhua-ANI)