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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

China, Korea visit Cuba on the same day

Coincidence?

Chinese president meets with Castro

HAVANA -- Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Fidel Castro Monday for talks focusing on the broadening ties between Cuba and China, which has become the island's third-largest trading partner.

Hmmm, so what does China get out of the deal?

Listening post in Cuba still crucial to Kremlin

HAVANA — Just south of the Cuban capital’s Jose Marti airport—and clearly visible to passengers on final approach—is a little known Russian military base, one without weapons systems but with scores of antennas and satellite dishes straining to hear some of America’s closest held secrets.

NEARLY 28 miles square, Russia’s “Radio-Electronic Station/Cuba” near the abandoned Cuban village of Lourdes is the largest and most productive spy station the Russians ever built, a base that specializes in “telephone espionage.” It is the last and most valuable jewel in their electronic crown, the Russian version of “Echelon,” a worldwide spy network that includes bases inside Russia and overseas — a network that is reportedly called “Dozor.”


Now that the Soviets have lost the cold war, maybe time for some new clients for all that intelligence.

Anyone else interested?

North Korea's top military officer visits Cuba

The North Korean delegation will also visit Cuban military units on the Caribbean island.

Seems Cuba is getting a lot of attention lately.
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