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US-China tensions

Suspected Cuba spy outpost sparks alarm over China global base goals

Lack of U.S.-China military talks intensifies spy activities, experts say

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 19.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Suspicions that China is operating intelligence collection outposts in Cuba have renewed concerns over its efforts to establish a global network for power projection amid growing mistrust between Washington and Beijing.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Beijing last week on Sunday and Monday to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other senior officials. The trip -- the first by an American secretary of state to China in about five years, aimed to stabilize turbulent bilateral relations.

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