China Expands Caribbean Influence With New Military Spy Base In Cuba

China is constructing a new military spy base in Cuba, close to the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, according to recent satellite images published by The Wall Street Journal. The base, situated in El Salao near Santiago de Cuba, began construction shortly after President Joe Biden took office.

Designed to accommodate a circularly disposed antenna array for intercepting electronic signals, the base uses older technology but poses a significant threat due to its strategic location. This facility joins three other Chinese spy bases in Cuba, located in Bejucal, Wajay, and Calabazar.

Intelligence officials warn that these bases enable China to intercept sensitive communications from U.S. military bases, space facilities, and commercial shipping, as well as spy on American citizens. The proximity to Guantanamo Bay enhances the espionage threat.

China’s expansion into Cuba is part of a broader strategy to challenge U.S. influence in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition to the spy bases, China is constructing a megaport in Peru, which U.S. officials fear could shift regional power dynamics and subject Latin American nations to Chinese economic coercion.

China is also extending its influence in Argentina, Honduras, Colombia, and Brazil through various projects. Furthermore, China is developing a special economic zone in Antigua, featuring its own customs and immigration, a shipping port, and a dedicated airline. This zone will house diverse businesses, including those in logistics, cryptocurrencies, and virology, further solidifying China’s presence in the region.