China Spy Operation on US Doorstep

(TheProudRepublic.com) – Joe Biden has allowed American adversaries to grow unchecked, as a recent report from a Washington, D.C.-based think tank revealed that China is quietly expanding its spy presence in Cuba, a mere 100 miles from U.S. shores.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released its findings in “Secret Signals: Decoding China’s Intelligence Activities in Cuba”, revealing deepening defense and intelligence ties between China and Cuba.

Back in 2023, negotiations between the two countries brought to light Chinese spy facilities in Cuba, known to the U.S. since 2019, including a joint military training facility.

The CSIS report used satellite imagery to pinpoint potential locations where China could be operating these facilities in Cuba, although the specifics remain cloaked in secrecy.

“Sitting less than 100 miles south of Florida, Cuba is well positioned to keep watch on sensitive communications and activities in the region, including those of the U.S. military,” the report noted.

Moreover, analysts identified four active sites in Cuba capable of electronic surveillance, primarily in Calabazar, Bejucal, and Wajay near the U.S. coast, with El Salao on the island’s opposite side near Guantanamo Bay.

The Chinese are likely employing various spy technologies to gather intelligence on U.S. military installations in Florida and local space programs.

The report stated, adding that collection of SIGINT is a complex task that requires the use of specialized antennas:

“Signals intelligence (SIGINT) is a core element of modern spycraft. Intercepting signals transmitted by both civilian and military actors can provide countries with valuable information about their adversaries, competitors, and allies alike.”

While challenging, analysts suggested dish and radar antennas can effectively intercept and transmit radio waves to track objects like missiles, ships, and aircraft.

“Cuba’s geographic proximity to the southern U.S. and the Caribbean makes it ideal for SIGINT operations in the region. For Beijing, access to Cuban SIGINT capabilities provides a crucial intelligence advantage not achievable from within China,” the report highlighted.

Analysts also noted the significance of space-monitoring equipment in Bejucal and Calabazar, despite Cuba lacking its own space program or satellites.

Such access could facilitate communications with China’s space assets and monitor U.S. satellite transmissions over sensitive military sites in the southern U.S.

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