China to Build Station That Could Spy on U.S. from Cuba, Officials Say
The planned facility could amplify Beijings technological capacity to monitor military operations across the Southeastern states.
China is planning to build a facility in Cuba that U.S. officials are concerned could be capable of spying on the United States by intercepting electronic signals from nearby U.S. military and commercial facilities, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the agreement.
Beijing has built listening outposts elsewhere and has a military presence in Cuba, but an eavesdropping station could give China a foothold about 100 miles from the Florida coastline, from which it could potentially conduct surveillance operations against the United States.
The proximity of the planned facility to the United States is particularly concerning, officials said, because it could amplify Beijings technological capacity to monitor sensitive operations across the Southeastern states, including several military bases.
We are deeply disturbed by reports that Havana and Beijing are working together to target the United States and our people, Senators Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, and Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, who lead the Senates Intelligence Committee, said in a joint statement on Thursday. The United States must respond to Chinas ongoing and brazen attacks on our nations security.