/United Arab Emirates Threatens to Pull Out of $23 Billion F-35, Drone Deal With U.S. – The Wall Street Journal

United Arab Emirates Threatens to Pull Out of $23 Billion F-35, Drone Deal With U.S. – The Wall Street Journal


WASHINGTON—The United Arab Emirates is threatening to pull out of a multibillion-dollar deal to buy American-made F-35 aircraft, Reaper drones and other advanced munitions, U.S. officials said, in what would be a significant shake-up between two longtime partners increasingly at odds over China’s role in the Gulf.

The Emirati government told U.S. officials that it intended to halt the deal because Abu Dhabi thought security requirements the U.S. had laid out to safeguard the high-tech weaponry from Chinese espionage were too onerous, and the country’s national sovereignty was in jeopardy, officials said.

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