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International relations

China bolsters ties with UAE, a traditional US ally in Middle East

Beijing seeks to expand its footprint in the region as American clout wanes

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan during their meeting in Abu Dhabi in late March.    © Reuters

BEIJING/DUBAI -- China is on a diplomatic offensive in the Middle East as the U.S. presence diminishes, and has been expanding ties with the United Arab Emirates -- one of Washington's traditional allies in the region.

Beijing has agreed to supply a COVID-19 vaccine developed in China as well as Chinese technology for fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology to the Gulf state, which is made up of seven emirates in eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula.

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