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June 12, 2023

ChiCom Spy Base in Cuba

The communist chess pieces are moving ever closer and endangering U.S. national security.

Reports are that Cuba and China have negotiated plans to put a Chinese spy base on the Caribbean island. China sees it as an excellent tit-for-tat strategy since the U.S. has a presence in Taiwan. More importantly for the U.S., the spy base located in Cuba is 100 miles off the coast of Florida and would have the capability to intercept sensitive information from military bases in the southern United States.

The South is where most of the U.S.‘s military bases are located.

This seems like yet another serious development on the aggression front. China has been making increasingly aggressive moves against the U.S. This tension is in spite of White House assurances that it has everything under control and is keeping the communication channels open.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby acknowledged that the U.S. is aware that China has been building infrastructure in other countries. “While I cannot speak to this specific report, we are well aware of — and have spoken many times to — the People’s Republic of China’s efforts to invest in infrastructure around the world that may have military purposes, including in this hemisphere,” he said. “We monitor it closely, take steps to counter it, and remain confident that we are able to meet all our security commitments at home, in the region, and around the world.”

However, spy base infrastructure in Cuba isn’t the same thing as debt-trapping African nations, as China is wont to do.

When interviewed by MSNBC, Kirby actually denied the report of a Chinese spy base in Cuba. He told reporters: “We’ve seen the report. It’s not accurate.” Sadly, this administration has a long track record of obfuscation with the American public.

The real question is, what does Kirby really mean by “inaccurate”? Is it inaccurate just like the “malarkey” of President Joe Biden’s influence peddling?

Perhaps the inaccuracy is the timeline, as other sources suggest.

On Sunday, the Associated Press reported that there has been a spy base in Cuba since 2019.

So first, the administration denies the spy base. Then it claims a spy base in Cuba is old news. Next thing you know, it’ll explicitly blame it on former President Donald Trump. That seems to be this administration’s pattern with its poor performance on the world stage. The buck never seems to stop with Team Biden.

Perhaps Biden and his team believe they can talk their way out of this particular foreign policy dilemma, just like how Biden thought that U.S.-Chinese relations would “thaw” after the G7 summit in Japan. In both cases, the result seems to be executive branch weakness in the face of Chinese aggression.

Regardless of whether there has been a spy base in Cuba since 2019 or one is yet to be built, this is concerning information. China having a spy presence in Cuba threatens U.S. national security.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH) said: “Well, what we’re seeing is an unbelievable aggression by China. If you look at the balloon that flew over the United States, the Chinese police stations, the aggressiveness against our both planes and ships in international water, it goes right to the heart of what President Xi said when he stood next to Putin in Russia, where he said, they’re trying to make change that had not happened in 100 years.”

It seems that this administration is content to let the aggressive Chinese Communist Party get footholds in all the wrong places. For the U.S., it is akin to losing the game of Risk.

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