Department of Defence United States of America (USA) or so-called Pentagon declined to comment on that report China is planning a spy base off the US coast at Because. The area includes US Central and Southern Command headquarters, both in Florida.
Reported AFPThursday (8/6/2023), The Wall Street Journal reports that Beijing and Havana have signed a secret agreement for China’s electronic eavesdropping facilities on the Caribbean island that can monitor communications throughout the southeastern United States.
China is said to be paying Cuba several billion dollars to build the facility, the Wall Street Journal said, citing unnamed US officials.
The Pentagon would not confirm or deny the reports, which come amid tensions between Washington and Beijing over US support for Taiwan, which China says is determined to reunite with the mainland.
“We will not be commenting on the special report,” a US Defense Department official said on condition of anonymity.
“On a broader level, we are acutely aware of the PRC’s efforts to invest in infrastructure around the world that may have military purposes, including in the Western Hemisphere,” the official said, using the abbreviation of the People’s Republic of China.
“We will continue to monitor it closely, and remain confident that we can meet all of our security commitments domestically and across the region,” he said.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping has been pushing for the rapid expansion of his country’s security presence around the world, aiming to match the broad presence of the US military on all continents.
A base in Cuba, located just 90 miles (150 kilometers) off the South coast of Florida would present the most direct challenge to the continental United States.
The former Soviet Union had electronic spying facilities in Cuba to monitor the United States. But in 1962 when Moscow moved to a nuclear missile base in Cuba, the US announced an island quarantine that threatened to bring the two superpowers to war, until Moscow backed out of the plan.
Washington then removed its nuclear-capable missiles from Turkey, which the Soviets saw as a threat to them.
China’s move with Cuba comes after China sent a reconnaissance balloon over the United States earlier this year, hovering from West to East over sensitive military installations before being shot down off the East coast by US fighter jets.
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