In reaction to claims that China planned to establish up a spy facility on the island close off the coast of the United States, China issued a warning to the United States on Friday to refrain from “interfering in Cuba’s internal affairs.” China made this statement in response to the reports.
The media claims, which were based on comments made by anonymous US officials to The Wall Street Journal and CNN, were deemed “mendacious and unfounded” by Cuba’s deputy foreign minister, while the White House referred to them as false.
Wang Wenbin, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was asked about the alleged spying facility at a routine press briefing. He responded that he was “unaware of the situation” before criticizing the United States’ policy on Cuba.
“As we are all aware, the United States engages in a common tactic known as spreading rumors and slander, and it is its patent to wantonly interfere in the internal affairs of other countries,” said Wang. “This is a tactic that is used by the United States.”
“The United States ought to reflect on itself and stop interfering in the internal affairs of Cuba under the banner of freedom and democracy. Additionally, they ought to immediately lift the economic, commercial, and financial embargo against Cuba.”
According to the sources, the Chinese spying base would have the ability to listen in on conversations taking place throughout large portions of the southeastern United States.
These achievements occur at a time when the leader of China, Xi Jinping, has been pushing for a rapid expansion of his country’s security footprint around the world.
A military installation in Cuba, which is located approximately 150 kilometers (93 miles) from the southeasternmost point of Florida, would pose the most direct threat to the continental United States to date.
In order to keep an eye on the United States, the Soviet Union maintained electronic surveillance facilities in the communist nation of Cuba.
But in 1962, when Moscow attempted to put nuclear weapons on Cuba, the United States announced a quarantine of the island in a crisis that threatened to drive the two superpowers to war. Eventually, Moscow backed down from its threat, and the United States lifted the quarantine.
The United States of America subsequently withdrew its nuclear-capable missiles stationed in Turkey, which the Soviet Union regarded as a security risk for them.
At the beginning of this year, China dispatched what the United States referred to be a high-altitude surveillance balloon over the country. Before being intercepted by a United States fighter jet, it crossed the country from west to east while flying over strategic military facilities.