US warns Israel to beware of increased Chinese investment

Michael Mulroy, US Dep. Asst. Secy of Defense for the Mid-East, said this week that the administration is “highly attentive” to China’s investments in Israeli infrastructure and increased trade. By 2021, a Chinese state-owned company will operate a portion of the Haifa port, he said, while another Chinese state-owned company will develop a port in the south, near Israel’s naval base in Ashdod. This is in addition to Chinese investment in Israeli infrastructure, including the Tel Aviv light rail which will run past Israel’s defense HQ at the Kirya. While we are not asking Israel to avoid dealing with China entirely,  said the US official, we have open discussions with all our closest allies and partners on the national security implications of investment. Malign actors can take advantage of the openness of the US and Israeli economies if we are not cautious.

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