China and Cuba close to military base deal – WSJ

US intelligence claims that Havana and Beijing are in talks for a ‘Project 141’ military facility on the island

China and Cuba close to military base deal – WSJ

China and Cuba close to military base deal – WSJ

US intelligence now claims that joint spy facilities on the island were just the beginning

Beijing and Havana are in negotiations to establish a military training facility in Cuba, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing current and former US officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

“at an advanced stage but not concluded,” the WSJ claimed, based on what the officials described as “convincing but fragmentary” and highly classified US intelligence reports.

“could provide China with a platform to potentially house troops permanently on the island” and potentially expand intelligence-gathering against the US, they said.

“halt a downward spiral in relations” between Washington and Beijing. He was even received by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The same outlet had alleged the existence of a “Chinese spy base” in Cuba earlier this month. After first denying the report as “inaccurate,” the White House revealed intelligence reports that claimed four Chinese intelligence-collection facilities have been in Cuba since at least 2019.

called the original WSJ report “totally mendacious and unfounded,” while the Foreign Chinese Ministry said on June 9 that the US was an “expert in chasing shadows” in other countries and meddling in their affairs. Beijing also noted that Washington had blockaded Havana for over 60 years and maintains its own military base in Guantanamo Bay.

“what it thinks might be Cuban concerns about ceding sovereignty.”