Washington. China has operated a spy base in Cuba since at least 2019. A senior official in US President Joe Biden’s administration made the claim on Saturday. He said China was operating a spy base in Cuba as part of global efforts to boost its intelligence-gathering capabilities.
The official said on condition of anonymity that US intelligence agencies are aware of China’s involvement in past years of spying on Cuba and efforts to gather large-scale classified information around the world. .
According to the official, the Biden administration has stepped up efforts to thwart China’s efforts to expand its espionage campaign. He said the Biden administration appears to have managed to make progress in that direction through diplomacy and other unspecified actions.
The official said that shortly after President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, intelligence agencies informed his national security team that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was using logistics in the around the world as part of efforts to increase its influence globally. intelligence gathering infrastructure and capabilities.
According to the official, the PLA has identified several places in this regard in the Atlantic Ocean, Latin America, the Gulf region, Central Asia, Africa and the Indian Pacific region. Earlier, ‘The Wall Street Journal’ in a report published on Thursday claimed an agreement between the two countries to establish China’s electronic spy base in Cuba.
According to the newspaper, in exchange for setting up the spy base, China had agreed to pay billions of dollars to Cuba, which is facing an economic crisis. However, the White House and Cuban officials had denied this news.
Tags: China, Joe Biden, UNITED STATES, Xi Jinping
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