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US Offers Internet Cable to Africa Amid China Rivalry – SCMP

The US is funding data centres in Africa, plus a 17,000km undersea cable from Southeast Asia through the Middle East and Horn of Africa to Europe, Antony Blinken says

The US is funding an undersea internet cable from Asia through the Horn of Africa to Europe.
In a push against 'corrupt and coercive infrastructure deals', Blinken has outlined US spending on critical infrastructure and health in a speech in South Africa last week. This image shows a ship laying an undersea cable in the Baltic in 2016, by AFP.


US-China rivalry is heating up over critical digital infrastructure to and in Africa, according to a report in the South China Post, which noted a speech by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Pretoria last week that emphasized the importance of democracy and warned about “the consequences when international infrastructure deals are corrupt and coercive, when they’re poorly built or environmentally destructive, when they import or abuse workers, or burden countries with crushing debts”.

Blinken “warned the world about Chinese digital dominance and alleged espionage aims” and US spending $300 million on building data centres in Africa, plus $600 million on a 17,000km undersea cable that will run from Southeast Asia, through the Horn of Africa to Western Europe “in response to [the] Chinese-led transcontinental peace cable”, the report said.

Read the full report: The South China Morning Post.



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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years.


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