The UAE said ‘technical requirements’ led to the reassessment of its plan to buy F-35 jets from the US. File photo: AFP
The UAE said ‘technical requirements’ led to the reassessment of its plan to buy F-35 jets from the US. File photo: AFP

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Was there a China factor in UAE’s scuttling of F-35 jet deal with US?

  • Analysts are speculating that Abu Dhabi’s move to freeze talks over a US$23.4 billion arms deal reveals a rift in US-UAE ties
  • The Biden administration wants Abu Dhabi to exclude Huawei from its 5G network, while US intelligence officials believe the Chinese military is building an installation at Port Khalifa

Topic |   US-China relations
The UAE said ‘technical requirements’ led to the reassessment of its plan to buy F-35 jets from the US. File photo: AFP
The UAE said ‘technical requirements’ led to the reassessment of its plan to buy F-35 jets from the US. File photo: AFP
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