China Halts Secret U.A.E. Port Project After U.S. Concerns: WSJ
(Bloomberg) -- China halted construction on a secret port project in the United Arab Emirates that U.S. intelligence agencies suspected was a military facility, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday citing unidentified people familiar with the matter.
The project was stopped after the Biden administration warned that a Chinese military presence in the Gulf nation could threaten relationship between the two countries, the Journal reported.
The U.S. found that China was building some sort of military installation at the port near the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi based on classified satellite imagery, the report said. The Emirati government appeared to be unaware of the military nature of the facility, it added.
The WSJ quoted a U.A.E. Embassy spokesman in Washington as saying: “The U.A.E. has never had an agreement, plan, talks or intention to host a Chinese military base or outpost of any kind.” A spokesman for China’s Embassy in Washington didn’t immediately respond to the Journal’s request for comment.
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