(NationRise.com) – According to a Wall Street Journal June 20 report, the Chinese regime plans to deploy troops in Cuba, about 100 miles from Florida’s coast. This move wouldn’t come as a surprise since Cuba has been one of the main allies of Beijing since the rise of dictator Miguel Diaz-Canel.
As reported by the Journal, Beijing and Havana are currently in talks over establishing a Chinese military training facility. Former and current US officials told the newspaper that numerous intelligence documents show the deal is nearing completion. It also points out that the White House is negotiating with Cuban officials to have the project canceled. However, people familiar with the matter believe it would be difficult for the Cuban regime to back away from its deal with China.
Numerous sources believe this project would lead to the Chinese regime eventually installing military bases on the Caribbean Island. The main fear in the White House is that this project would allow China to enhance and increase its intelligence and espionage operations against the United States.
The military facility would be part of Beijing’s “Project 141,” whose primary goal is to expand military and intelligence bases globally. The project would benefit the Cuban regime by allowing it to increase its commercial relationship with Beijing and thwart the US-imposed embargo.
News agency Telesur reported that the Chinese military facility in Cuba will have eavesdropping stations. However, it remains to be seen whether these stations would be located in one part of Cuba or would be divided across the Caribbean Island.
On June 20, the State Department published a news release highlighting the meeting between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese dictator Xi Jinping. The department noted that one of the main discussion points was China’s “intelligence activities in Cuba.” However, it didn’t detail if Xi and Blinken reached an agreement on this matter.
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