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Details: China wants a military base in Cuba

Details: China wants a military base in Cuba

According to the sources, the American side is worried that this will lead to the permanent stationing of Chinese forces – only 160 kilometers from the coast of Florida.

Officials claim that the talks between Cuba and China are far from over but at an advanced stage. It was also said that the Biden administration contacted Cuban officials to try to block the deal.

Previous assignments: Spy base in Cuba

This revelation comes a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. Before the trip, the US and Chinese sides expressed their desire to increase communication after the escalation of tensions between the two countries.

Less than two weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that China entered into a secret agreement with Cuba to establish a new electronic interception base in the country. Two days later, the White House declassified a report confirming that Chinese intelligence-gathering facilities had been in Cuba since at least 2019.

However, the US still denies that there are plans to establish a Chinese listening center on the island.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson stated that he was not aware of any agreement between China and Cuba – and that the US was an expert in “chasing shadows”. Cuba’s embassy in Washington described the earlier revelations as “completely untrue and unfounded”.

No comment from the White House

According to a statement from the US State Department, during his visit to China, Blinken raised concerns about Chinese intelligence activities in Cuba.

The White House declined to comment on the latest Wall Street Journal report on negotiations for a joint military training base.