China will build a base for espionage activities against the United States on the island of Cuba. The Wall Street Journal writes it, citing US intelligence sources. China and Cuba would have reached an agreement in principle which will have to be perfected in the future. At the moment, writes the Wall Street Journal, the agreement envisages that China will provide “several billion dollars” to Cuba for the construction of a military base that will allow “interception of electronic communications in the southern states of the United States, where there are many military bases, and observe US naval traffic.
It is unclear exactly when this base will be built. Neither the US, Chinese nor Cuban governments have officially confirmed the news.
At the moment the only military base of a foreign country in Cuba is that of Guantanamo, managed by the United States on the basis of a contract stipulated with the Cuban government in 1903, with no expiry date. The only Chinese base outside China is located in Djibouti, Africa. For years Cuba has been looking for new international allies among the adversaries of the United States, which has maintained an embargo on the island for decades in opposition to the communist regime that has ruled since 1959.