According to American intelligence, talks are underway between China and Cuba to construct a joint military facility on Cuba’s northern shores. If successful, Chinese forces will set up camp a mere 100 miles from the Florida coast.
Rumors of these discussions have sent ripples through the U.S. political scene. President Joe Biden’s team is actively seeking ways to stop this potential development in the Caribbean as fears rise over the growing Chinese presence close to American borders.
A few weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal suggested that China and Cuba were planning an espionage center on the island, an idea the White House denied. Nevertheless, Washington soon revealed that Chinese intelligence facilities have been present in Cuba since 2019.
The current situation has been made more complex by ongoing disputes between the U.S. and Beijing over multiple issues, including Western support for Taiwan. The relationship between the U.S. and Cuba has also been frosty since Fidel Castro seized power from a U.S.-supported government in 1959.
State Secretary Antony Blinken’s recent visit to Chinese leader Xi Jinping has possibly pumped the brakes on the deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and China. Blinken clarified that the U.S. would be keeping a close eye on any Chinese military activities in Cuba, insisting on protecting the U.S. homeland and its interests.
However, according to the Wall Street Journal, Blinken could not obtain China’s agreement on a proposal to recommence military communication between the two countries.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby stressed that China’s efforts to extend its influence are unsurprising. The U.S. is aware of and continues to monitor the situation closely, ensuring the safeguarding of national security.
China’s “Project 141” has been a point of concern. This initiative aims to enhance China’s global military base and logistical support network, and it already has four listening posts up and running in Cuba.
The officials warn of noticeable shifts in the structure of these facilities, suggesting increased Chinese involvement, though detailed information remains scarce. No other sites related to “Project 141” exist in the Western Hemisphere.
However, a representative from the Chinese Embassy in Washington denied knowledge of any agreement between China and Cuba, accusing the U.S. of chasing ghosts in other countries.
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