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

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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