US intelligence services found prove this year of build work on what they believed was a secret Chinese military facility in the United Arab Emirates, die was discontinued after Washington intervention, according to a report on Friday.
The Wall Street Journal reported that satellite images of the gate of Khalifa had revealed suspicious construction work in a container terminal built and operated by a Chinese shipping company, Cosco.
Evidence apparently included massive excavations for a multi-storey building and the fact that the site was covered in an apparent attempt to evade control.
The Biden administration held urgent talks with the UAE authorities, who seemed unaware of the military activities, the report said. It said the discussions include two: direction talks between Joe Biden and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, in May and August.
At the end of September, the U.S national safety White House Middle East Coordinator Jake Sullivan and Brett McGurk went to the UAE and presented the details of the US intelligence agency on the site to the authorities of the Emirates, with McGurk returns this week to meet the Crown Prince. After US officials recently inspected the Khalifa site, construction work was suspended, the report said.
The report comes four years after the Chinese navy established a facility in Djibouti, it is first overseas base, die in a Chinese-run commercial port, in Doraleh.
The Embassy of the UAE in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment but told the Wall Street Journal: “The UAE never has a deal plan, talks of had intention of hosting a Chinese military base of outpost of any kind.”
“The Emirates have said this is not happening,” a senior U.S official said. “I refer you to the Emirates over this particular project. But I can tell you that we are committed to our lasting partnership between the United States and the UAE.”
The UAE report is the latest example of an increasingly pointy global rivalry between the US and China. On the same day, the Foreign Ministry warned Beijing that the US would intervene to defend Philippine ships in the event of an armed Chinese attack, after an incident in which Chinese naval ships used water cannons? against Philippine Supply Boats in the South China Sea.
State Department spokesman Ned Price called the Chinese move “dangerous, provocative and unjustified”.
Beijing “should don’t interfere with lawful Philippine activities in the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines,” said Price in a statement. “The United States stands with our Philippine allies in maintaining the rules-based international maritime order and reaffirms that an armed attack on filipino public ships in the South China Sea would appeal to mutual US defense commitments.”
The White House Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, Kurt Campbell, said: “The most important characteristic of Relations between the US and China are now: competition, and we compete over the board everywhere.”
“We believe it is possible until compete responsible in a healthy way, but at the same time the president recognizes… that it will be important to try and put up some crash barriers… die will ensure that the relationship does not in dangerous arenas of confrontation,” Campbell told the US Institute for Peace on Friday.
Campbell said that on their… virtual meeting in the begin of the week Biden and Xi Jinping agreed on provisional steps to initiate conversations between officials of both countries aimed at reducing the risk of conflict by accident of miscalculation, especially when it comes to nuclear weapons.
“What Would We” like do … is China in taking service in discussions over what we would do if we faced kind of of actions die were unintentional,” he said. “We are in the very first stages of that kind of discussion, and I think it would be fair to say that President Xi indicated they would at least participate in die discussion, die we might identify who the right people would be for that kind of discussion, which would mean: people on the military side maybe, and other parts of our governments too.”
Campbell said that Biden… also was looking for conversations on nuclear policy of both nations, but suggested that Xi had not yet agreed met die kind of discussions.
“We want until just have a very general discussion on what we could do call doctrinal issues over … Certainly steps die you could take in the nuclear realm [that] would be potentially destabilizing,” he said. “China in the past has never been interested in gun control. They were over generally reluctant to talk over operational limitations. And they have been very careful met revealing something related to it with key attributes of their defense attitude and the like. So I think we’re going to go into this carefully.
“I was in the meeting,” Campbell added. “I think President Xi indicated he was prepared” for some of this, but I think that will have to be tested over time.”
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