China To Put Military Troops 90 Miles From U.S.

According to The Wall Street Journal, China plans to station military troops just 90 miles away from the U.S. by establishing a new joint military training facility.

Chinese troop stationed on America’s doorstep? The Wall Street Journal is reporting Tuesday that China is in negotiations with the Cuban government to establish a  new joint military training facility on the island.

The newspaper says the two sides are already in advanced negotiations about opening the facility, which would reportedly be in northern Cuba, sparking fears among US officials that it could eventually host a permanent Chinese troop presence. The Biden administration is seeking to intervene with Cuban officials, attempting to block the possibility. 

It’s also believed that China would expand its espionage capabilities and activities given the military foothold would be a mere 100 miles off Florida’s coast. This comes on the heels of widespread reports earlier this month that China wants to use Cuba as a base of spy operations, to potentially sweep up communications of American military installations across the southeast United States.

Biden administration officials then in follow-up admitted that China has had a spy base in Cuba since at least 2019 (though without specifying whether this is a standalone base or consulate). 

The new WSJ revelation is based on anonymous US intelligence sources and documents. “Discussions for the facility on Cuba’s northern coast are at an advanced stage but not concluded, U.S. intelligence reports suggest,” the publication writes. “The Biden administration has contacted Cuban officials to try to forestall the deal, seeking to tap in to what it thinks might be Cuban concerns about ceding sovereignty.”

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