Florida Politicians Sound Alarm Over Potential Chinese Military Base in Cuba

Florida Politicians Sound Alarm Over Potential Chinese Military Base in Cuba

Mateo Guillamont
Mateo Guillamont
June 20, 2023

Washington—Florida policymakers entered crisis mode this Tuesday, June 20th, following reports of plans for a potential Chinese military base in Cuba.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) broke the news, claiming that “The facility could provide China with a platform to potentially house troops permanently on the island and broaden its intelligence gathering, including electronic eavesdropping against the US.”

“Most worrying for the US is the planned facility is part of China's project 141-an initiative by the People's Liberation army to expand its global military base and logistical support network,” said the WSJ.

Florida Republicans quickly voiced their concerns regarding the national security threat posed by Chinese military presence less than 100 miles from our borders.

The groundbreaking news casts a shadow over the White House’s management of US-China Relations.

Florida Senator Rick Scott blamed the current president, stating that “The Biden administration's weak appeasement policies have emboldened evil regimes like never before.”


US Representative Maria-Elvira Salazar, a direct descendant of Cuban exiles, also criticized the White House. “I've been warning about the Chinese invading our Hemisphere for MONTHS and the Biden Admin doesn’t seem to care,” said Salazar.

Presidential candidates have also begun to weigh in. Miami mayor Francis Suarez, also of Cuban descent, quickly responded to the WSJ’s report. Suarez stated that “The fact that [China] wants to establish a base in Cuba is unacceptable and will not happen under a Suarez presidency.”

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has called on the national government to step in. “This is a grave security threat to Florida and the rest of our country. With a foothold in Cuba, the CCP’s intelligence opportunities would be limitless. Washington must block this!” said Patronis.

The White House recently publicly denied different intelligence data suggesting China was building a spy base in China. However, the president, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State have yet to comment on the new WSJ reports.

Conversely, China is negating the news and accusing the US of eroding bilateral relations. "I don't know the matter you are talking about. We hope that the relevant parties will focus their energy on things that benefit mutual trust-building," said Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning.

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Mateo Guillamont

Mateo Guillamont

Mateo is a Miami-based political reporter covering national and local politics

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