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China’s Bold Surveillance Efforts Are Growing in Cuba

It's no false alarm: China is expanding its surveillance capabilities in Cuba, allowing our adversary to intercept sensitive U.S. communications.

China’s incursions into the Western Hemisphere, specifically through its expanding surveillance operations off the coast of America, represent a growing threat not just to our national security but also to our very sovereignty. A report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) unveiled on Monday highlights an alarming collaboration between China and Cuba, with satellite imagery revealing enhanced military and intelligence presence by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) barely 200 miles from Florida.

Since at least 2019, the CCP has been tightening its grip on Cuba, now evidenced by multiple signal intelligence (SIGINT) facilities on the island. These facilities aren’t just a regional concern; they pose a direct challenge to the United States, aiming their spy apparatus at our military, space communications, and civilian infrastructure. According to The Wall Street Journal, this network of espionage extends across the island, with new sites under construction designed to harness advanced electronic signal capture technologies.

This isn’t merely an expansion of China’s global influence but a brazen act of aggression. Analysts are sounding the alarm, suggesting these sites enable China to intercept sensitive U.S. communications, potentially undermining our national defense mechanisms. The implications are dire—China could manipulate telecommunications networks to spy not just on government activities but also on ordinary American citizens.

It’s Time to Take Our National Security Against China Seriously

The U.S. intelligence community’s latest threat assessment confirms these fears, noting China’s plans to extend its military facilities globally, with Cuba highlighted as a strategic partner. Meanwhile, China cements its presence across Latin America, not merely through military might but by weaving a web of economic dependencies. In 2023, trade between China and Latin America surged to record highs, with Beijing emerging as a major creditor, thus deepening the region’s financial ties to it.

What we’re witnessing is a concerted effort by the CCP to fortify its surveillance capabilities within striking distance of the United States, leveraging Cuba’s proximity as a strategic advantage. This isn’t just a foreign policy issue; it’s a stark reminder that the battle for influence and control now spans every domain from the military to economic to the very land we live on.

As China boldly plants its surveillance seeds in our hemisphere, the question remains: how will America respond? The time for vigilance and decisive action is now, lest we find our security irreversibly compromised by the machinations of a foreign power intent on reshaping the global order to its favor.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.