Work stopped at a “Chinese military base” in the UAE after US interventions | China
US intelligence agencies found evidence this year of construction work on what they believed to be a secret Chinese military facility in North America The United Arab EmiratesThat stopped after Washington’s intervention, according to a report, Friday.
The The Wall Street Journal It stated that satellite images of Khalifa Port revealed suspicious construction work inside a container terminal that was built and operated by the Chinese shipping company, COSCO.
Evidence included massive excavations of what appeared to be a multi-storey building and the fact that the site was covered in an apparent attempt to evade scrutiny.
The Biden administration held urgent talks with the Emirati authorities, who appeared to be ignorant of military activities, according to the report. She said the discussions included two mentoring conversations between Joe Biden and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in May and August.
In late September, it was US national security The adviser, Jake Sullivan, and the White House coordinator for the Middle East, Brett McGurk, went to the UAE and provided details of US intelligence on the site to the Emirati authorities, with McGurk returning this week to meet the crown prince. After US officials inspected the Khalifa site recently, construction work was suspended, the report said.
The report comes four years after the Chinese Navy set up a facility in Djibouti, its first overseas base, which was positioned inside a Chinese-run commercial port, in Doraleh.
The UAE embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but told the Wall Street Journal: “The UAE had no plan of agreement, talks, or intention to host a Chinese military base or outpost of any kind.”
“The Emiratis said it wouldn’t happen,” said a senior US official. I refer you to the Emiratis about this particular project. But I can tell you that we are committed to our enduring partnership between the United States and the United Arab Emirates.”
The UAE report is the latest example of the growing global rivalry between the United States and China. On the same day, the State Department warned Beijing that the United States would intervene to defend Filipino ships in the event of an armed Chinese attack, following an incident in which Chinese navy ships used water cannons against Filipino resupply boats in the South China Sea.
State Department spokesman Ned Price called the Chinese action “dangerous, provocative and unjustified.”
In a statement, Price said Beijing “should not interfere with legitimate Philippine activities in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.” “The United States stands with our Philippine allies in support of the rules-based international maritime order and reaffirms that an armed attack on Philippine general ships in the South China Sea would invoke the United States’ mutual defense commitments.”
“The main characteristic of US-China relations right now is competition, and we’re competing in all areas everywhere,” said Kurt Campbell, White House Indo-Pacific coordinator.
“We think it’s possible to compete responsibly in a healthy way, but at the same time, the president understands … that it will be important to try to create some barriers … that will prevent the relationship from veering into dangerous arenas of confrontation,” Campbell said at the US Institute of Peace on Friday.
Campbell said that in virtual summit At the beginning of the week, Biden and Xi Jinping agreed on tentative steps toward holding talks between officials in both countries aimed at reducing the risks of conflict by accident or miscalculation, especially when it comes to nuclear weapons.
“What we would like to do … is to engage China in discussions about what we would do if we encountered some kind of unintended action,” he said. “We’re in the very early stages of this kind of discussion, and I think it would be fair to say that Chairman Xi indicated that they would at least be involved in that discussion, that we would identify the right people for that kind of discussion, and that could include people on the military side perhaps, And other parts of our governments, too.”
Campbell said Biden has also sought talks on the nuclear policies of both countries, but noted that Xi has not yet agreed to this type of discussion.
“We want to have a very general discussion about what we might call doctrinal issues about … certain steps you might take in the nuclear field. [that] potentially destabilizing.” China in the past has never been interested in arms control. They have generally been reluctant to talk about operational limitations. They have been very careful about revealing anything related to key features of their defense posture and the like. So I think we Get into this carefully.
“I was at the meeting,” Campbell added. “I think Chairman Xi has indicated that he is ready for some of this, but I think it will have to be tested over time.”