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Cuba and China in talks for a military base — WSJ report

June 21, 2023 China Crime & Legal

A new Cuban Crisis in the offing?

CHINA and Cuba are in talks about establishing a joint military training facility in the Caribbean country according to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ)

The WSJ report comes after the White House earlier disclosed that Beijing has spy facilities on the island nation, about 145 km (90 miles) from the US.

Beijing and Havana were holding bilats about opening the facility in northern Cuba.

WSJ also added that it could pave the way for Beijing to station troops there permanently and expand espionage activities.

The US was in contact with Cuban officials about preventing the plans from going forward, the same report said, citing US officials.

China’s Foreign Ministry didn’t immediately respond to a request from Bloomberg News for comment. The US and Cuban embassies in Beijing didn’t reply to similar requests.

Earlier this month, an anonymous senior US official said in a statement that intelligence indicated China has long maintained espionage facilities in Cuba and that they were expanded in 2019.

The White House had pushed back days earlier that China and Cuba had reached a secret agreement to establish a spy facility on the island, according to a WSJ report.

The administration’s position is there’s been no new deal between the two socialist states, and that the facilities in question have been in place for years.

The bases would allow Chinese intelligence services to eavesdrop on electronic communications throughout the southeastern US, where many military bases are located, and monitor ship traffic, according to the report.

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