Pacific, cable? Anti-Chinese investment in the United States, Australia and Japan

Improving connectivity in the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati and Nauru but also to counter the Chinese rise in the sea floor and in data traffic. Here’s Washington, Canberra, and Tokyo (and it’s not the first)

The United States, Australia and Japan will fund the construction of a submarine cable to improve Internet connectivity for 100,000 people in the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati and Nauru and to make the region “open, inclusive and resilient.” Translator: More prepared to face the rise of China.

This was announced by the six governments participating in joint announcement Which confirms rumors a few months ago. Except for Huawei Marines Technologies, the former cable unit of Chinese company Huawei now owned by Hengtong Group, a multinational company, such as explain study European Council on Foreign Relations, Da Cui Jinliang, a former officer in the People’s Liberation Army, and until 2013 was a member of the National People’s Congress.

The book reads: “Improving connectivity and access to digital technologies can provide significant economic and social benefits and key factors for sustainable development.” “It also helps increase the availability of digital government services, particularly in education and health, and provide businesses and families with better access to services, information, commerce, and job opportunities.”

But, as the statement itself makes clear, “it’s more than just an infrastructure investment.” The agreement, in fact, represents an enduring partnership to provide practical and meaningful solutions at a time of unprecedented economic and strategic challenges in our region. This project builds on the strong foundations of trilateral cooperation between Australia, Japan and the United States in the Indo-Pacific, which also includes the Palau undersea cable support.”

Simply skip a few lines in the joint declaration and the purpose of the agreement appears in a dim light: the China it revealed South China Morning Newspaper It is about to build two bases and several new submarine cable ships in the East and South China Seas. The United States and its allies fear that Beijing will use submarine cables for espionage purposes. “These partnerships meet real needs, respect sovereignty, and complement the Tripartite Partnership for Infrastructure and the Rebuilding a Better World initiative,” the document states. This is the alternative to the Silk Road launched by the President of the United States Joe Biden Marking the G7 in June. And in the words chosen for the announcement, there is an entire vision of Washington, determined to counter Beijing’s initiative which is expansionary and dominant, but also indicated that it is a “trap” in many cases.

Undersea cables, through which 97% of web traffic and $10,000 billion of financial transactions are transmitted every day, “support the performance of the global Internet, meaning that the ability to exercise control over submarine cables could give the state leverage in the military conflict, and economic advantages as a hub Central to data flows, spy advantages” from cable traffic, he explained Justin Sherman Atlantic Council Al South China Morning Newspaper. “Every government in the world is spying, and [quello di] “Beijing is no different, therefore, the greater capacity for submarine cable maintenance has an economic and espionage dimension,” he added.

The reason the United States decided to change course for a few months now. Google and Facebook decided not to use the peace cable connecting Pakistan, East Africa and Europe (as far as Marseille with France), which was also built by some Chinese companies, such as Huawei and Hengtong, due to US sanctions in view of this. From the government’s national security concerns.


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