China has begun building a military facility at a port near Abu Dhabi. The United States learned about this from “classified satellite images” and convinced the UAE to stop construction, sources told WSJ
View of the port of Khalifa
US intelligence learned that China was building a secret military facility in the United Arab Emirates. The Wall Street Journal reported this with reference to sources.
According to the interlocutors of the publication, US intelligence learned about the suspicious activity of the PRC in the port of Khalifa, located about 80 km north of Abu Dhabi about a year ago. The Chinese conglomerate COSCO has built its container terminal in this port.
At first, the information seemed unconvincing to US officials, but this spring, the “ classified satellite imagery '' allowed them to conclude that China is building a military facility in the port. The data alarmed the administration of US President Joe Biden, and it made diplomatic efforts to convince the UAE of the military purpose of the facility and the need to stop construction, WSJ sources say.
After a series of meetings and visits by US officials to the UAE, construction of the facility was stopped, the edition writes.
The UAE Embassy in Washington, DC, told the WSJ that Abu Dhabi did not have an “ agreement or plan to locate a Chinese military base. '' A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in the United States did not respond to a request from the publication.
Last week, Bloomberg sources reported that US top officials do not receive enough intelligence about what is happening in Beijing and “ understand little '' on the real state of affairs in the leadership of China, in particular who can become the successor of President Xi Jinping.
military force in the South China Sea, limiting the investigation into the origin of COVID-19, pressure on Chinese companies that were going to go public in the United States, and an increase in hacker attacks, '' the agency writes.
According to its information, Beijing caused significant damage to the US spy network even before Xi Jinping came to power. In addition, American intelligence lacks people who speak Mandarin Chinese.
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