WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), and Ted Cruz (T-Texas) last week introduced the Countering Espionage and Surveillance Entities in Cuba (CEASE) Act, legislation to impose sanctions on any foreign person that has engaged in a significant transaction or provided material support to or for a Chinese military or intelligence facility in Cuba.
“The Chinese Communist Party’s deepening military and intelligence partnership with Cuba directly threatens U.S. national security,” said Risch. “The fact that China has multiple intelligence facilities in Cuba less than 100 miles from our shores and in close range to a U.S. military base proves there is no ‘thaw’ in relations with either of these malign actors. The CEASE Act will provide the tools necessary to counter these urgent threats.”
“The Chinese Communist Party has proven time and time again it is willing to lie, cheat, and steal to advance its economic and military strength. Now China is teaming up with a Cuban dictator to establish spy bases only miles away from our border,” said Barrasso. “This legislation is a critical step in safeguarding our country from these serious security threats.”
“The Chinese Communist Party’s growing malign influence in the Western Hemisphere and strategic ties to Cuba’s Marxist dictatorship pose a threat to U.S. national security,” said Hagerty. “I’m pleased to join my colleagues on this measure to counter the dangers posed by China’s military and intelligence collection facilities in Cuba.”
“We know the Chinese Communist Party’s espionage has no limits, and it is clear the CCP continues to be emboldened by President Biden’s weakness and his administration’s appeasement. The CCP partnering with communist Cuba – just 90 miles off our shores – should concern us all. We need to get serious about confronting our adversaries’ blatant spying attacks,” said Ricketts.
"China is the single greatest geopolitical threat facing the United States will face over the next century. As part of their efforts to erode the safety and security of Americans, China is cooperating with American adversaries across the world, including throughout the Western Hemisphere. Their cooperation with the brutal Cuban regime is incredibly dangerous, and the United States must use all the tools at our disposal to counter it,” said Cruz.
Text of the CEASE Act can be found here.