uae: UAE shuts down China facility under US pressure, confirms top official
uae: UAE shuts down China facility under US pressure, confirms top official

uae: UAE shuts down China facility under US pressure, confirms top official

WASHINGTON: The United Arab Emirates recently ordered a halt to work on a Chinese facility in the country after US officials stated that Beijing intended to use the site for military purposes, according to a summit. UAE official.
Last month, there were reports that the Biden administration had managed to halt the construction of a secret development inside a Chinese port in the UAE, one of the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East, following intense pressure from the United States.
Emirates ordered the work stopped on site at Washingtoninjunction, said Anwar Gargash, a diplomatic adviser to the UAE’s management. The United Arab Emirates, he said, did not believe the facility was intended for military or security purposes, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.
This project, near Abu Dhabi, was halted after several meetings and visits by US officials, the WSJ had reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
After the intelligence services in Washington learned that Beijing was secretly building what they suspected was a military facility in a port, the Biden administration warned the Emirati government that a Chinese military presence in the country could threaten ties between the two countries.
Although the project was portrayed as purely commercial, U.S. intelligence has observed ships disguised as commercial vessels, which officials recognized as a type typically used by the Chinese military to gather signal intelligence entering the port, the report said.
In a statement, a spokesman writes for UAE Embassy in Washington had said that the United Arab Emirates “never had an agreement, plan, negotiations or intention to host a Chinese military base or outpost of any kind.”
This development comes as Beijing has sought to develop commercial ports in outposts around the world in what experts believe is a clear effort to strengthen its military foothold. China has already developed commercial ports in Pakistan and Sri Lanka and its first overseas military base in Djibouti.
The former has the former Trump the administration had tried to pressure the United Arab Emirates to put an end to the project at the port, which is run by a Chinese shipping conglomerate.

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