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An improvised gate blocks the way leading to a Cuban military base near Bejucal.

REUTERS/Dave Sherwood

Chinese troops in ... Cuba?

What's China up to in Cuba these days? First, setting up an electronic spy base. Now, it's reportedly planning to build a military training facility on the island.

That's right — America's No. 1 geopolitical rival could potentially deploy its troops just 100 miles off the coast of Florida.

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China snoops on US from Cuba, US shares drone data with Taiwan

On Thursday, the WSJ reported that China and Cuba have cut a deal to establish an electronic spy base on the island, barely 90 miles from the US mainland, presumably in exchange for a hefty sum of yuan. This is a big deal because it would allow the Chinese to eavesdrop on military comms in the southeastern US and monitor ship traffic from America's doorstep.

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