China and Latin America

China’s increasing ties with Latin America, and especially Cuba, could lead to increased calls for a greater U.S. military presence in the region.

The Miami Herald reported in an article that China has become Cuba’s second largest trading partner. The article goes on to raise security concerns, and cites allegations by a University of Miami professor that China has an electronic eavesdropping facility in Bejucal, which is south of Havana.

"America must be on the lookout for potential Chinese industrial as well as military espionage," writes Jim Burns for the right-wing publication Human Events.

Burns cites reports by the Heritage Foundation to bolster his argument of this new "threat" the U.S. has in its backyard and the potential for conflict.