The Pentagon says reports that China and Cuba have reached a secret pact allowing Beijing to build an electronic eavesdropping facility on the island that is 160 kilometers from the United States are “not accurate.”
“I can tell you, based on the information that we have, that that is not accurate – that we are not aware of China and Cuba developing any type of spy station,” Brigadier General Pat Ryder, the Pentagon’s press secretary, told reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday.
According to the reports, which first appeared in The Wall Street Journal citing unnamed intelligence officials, China had agreed to pay financially hard-pressed Cuba several billion dollars for the spy facility, which would allow China to collect electronic communications from throughout the southeastern United States, where numerous military bases are located.
Ryder added that the Pentagon was not aware of China setting up any type of military base in Cuba or elsewhere in the region.
However, he cautioned that the relationship between Cuba and China is something that the Pentagon monitors, along with any type of “coercive activity or belligerent activity” by China in the Western Hemisphere.
A senior White House official also described the media reports as “not accurate.”