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Buildup resumed at suspected Chinese military site in U.A.E., leak says

By John Hudson

27 Apr 2023 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

U.A.E. is an important military partner of the U.S. but Chinese activity on Emirati ports are making the U.S. officials worry about the closeness between Beijing and Abu Dhabi. The Post has the scoop.

American spy services detected construction at a suspected Chinese military facility in the United Arab Emirates in December - one year after Washington's oil-rich ally announced it was halting the project because of U.S. concerns, according to top-secret intelligence documents obtained by The Washington Post.

Activities at a port near Abu Dhabi are among several developments in the UAE involving the Chinese military that U.S. intelligence is monitoring out of concern that the Emiratis - a longtime U.S. security partner - are developing closer security ties to China at the expense of U.S. interests, according to the documents and related interviews with senior Biden administration officials. Sightings of Chinese military personnel around other sensitive construction sites have also disturbed U.S. officials.

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