‘Imminent Threat’: China’s Alleged Cuban Spy Base Stirs Alarm

The geopolitical chessboard is witnessing a dramatic move as allegations emerge about China establishing a spy base in Cuba. Reports suggest that such a base could provide China with an unprecedented strategic advantage by collecting signals intelligence from America’s southeastern states.

According to anonymous U.S. officials cited by Politico, China, a known Communist ally of Cuba, is reportedly in advanced talks to set up a presence within 100 miles of American shores. This development occurs amid escalating tensions over Chinese military threats to Taiwan and the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic originating from China.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news, stating that a secret agreement might already have been reached between the two nations. As per the claim, China is paying billions to Cuba to construct this intelligence facility. However, the two U.S. officials have yet to be able to verify the formalization of this deal.

Responding to the allegations, John Kirby, National Security Council spokesman, stated that the reports were “not accurate,” continuing to express confidence in America’s ability to meet its security commitments.

Nonetheless, Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have raised concern with a joint statement declaring, “It would be unacceptable for China to establish an intelligence facility within 100 miles of Florida and the United States.” The senators urge the Biden administration to counter this national security and sovereignty threat.

Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL), born in Cuba, echoes these sentiments. In a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Gimenez calls the prospective Chinese base an “imminent threat” to Americans, urging immediate action to bolster national security. He expresses concern over China’s malign influence in the Western Hemisphere. He demands a “robust, comprehensive, and expedient strategy” to confront this threat.

Gimenez’s concern goes beyond political posturing, hitting home with his constituents and millions of South Florida tourists. He implores the Biden administration to employ sanctions and “prevent efforts from anti-American adversaries,” establishing an espionage base dangerously close to the American mainland.

Gimenez aims for President Biden and Secretary Blinken to consider reestablishing ties with Cuba and engaging in diplomacy with Beijing, asserting that such negotiations will only benefit China and Cuba.

The Wall Street Journal alleges that China has agreed to pay cash-strapped Cuba several billion dollars to build the eavesdropping station. This agreement has received a “convincing” characterization from U.S. officials. However, while not commenting on the specific reports, the National Security Council and the U.S. Department of Defense maintain confidence in America’s ability to handle security commitments.

Public attention is now focused on Secretary Blinken’s rescheduled trip to China, where he might address the alarming allegations about Cuba.