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Cuba denies presence of Chinese military bases on its territory

Havana, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Fernandez de Cossio on Tuesday challenged an article in the Wall Street Journal, according to which there are listening stations in Chinese military bases on Cuba.

As he commented on X, the Wall Street Journal, a US newspaper that focuses on economic and business issues, “persists in launching a campaign of intimidation related to Cuba.”

“Without quoting a verifiable source or showing evidence, it seeks to scare the public with legends about Chinese military bases that do not exist and no one has seen, including the US Embassy in Cuba,” the diplomat added.

On Tuesday, the US publication assured that according to a report to which it had access, “images captured from space show the growth of electronic listening stations in Cuba that are believed to be linked to China.”

It added that the photos include “a new construction at a previously unreported site about 70 miles from the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay.”

In June 2023, Fernandez de Cossio himself described as “totally mendacious and unfounded information” a publication in the same newspaper about an alleged agreement between Cuba and China, in military matters, for the installation of a spy base.

At the time, he stressed in a press release that these are fallacies promoted with the perfidious intention of justifying the unprecedented tightening of Washington’s economic blockade against Cuba, and destabilization campaigns.

The diplomat remarked that it is an effort to deceive public opinion in the United States and the world, adding that these slanders are frequently fabricated by US officials, “apparently familiar with intelligence information.”