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Undersea Cables

Jun 2, 2023

Tug of war between China and US

Let's dive right into the fascinating world of undersea cables. We're talking about those vital lifelines carrying over 95% of all international internet traffic. And boy, are they at the center of the U.S.-China technology competition.

Picture this: There are over 400 cables stretching along the seafloor, crisscrossing the globe like underwater highways. They're the invisible veins that keep our digital world pulsing with information. Emails, banking transactions, military secrets—you name it, they're flowing through these cables.

But here's the thing: These cables aren't just innocent bystanders. No, they're vulnerable to all sorts of threats. We're talking about sabotage attacks and espionage, and those who have ill intentions can target these data conduits, potentially wreaking havoc on our interconnected world.

In fact, just recently, American subsea cable company SubCom LLC started laying a massive $600-million cable known as the Southeast Asia, Middle East, and Western Europe or  SeaMeWe-6. This behemoth will span over 12,000 miles of fiber running along the seafloor, connecting a dozen countries from Singapore all the way to France. It's a technological superhighway, crossing three seas and the vast Indian Ocean.

SeaMeWe-6 is set to revolutionize data transport, promising super-fast speeds and an expanded reach. But let's not forget, it's also a prime target in the ongoing technology battle between the U.S. and China. Both sides know the importance of controlling these vital connections.

So, my friends, let's keep our eyes on the underwater prize. We need to protect these cables, safeguarding the flow of information that drives our digital lives. It's a game of high-stakes competition, and we can't afford to lose.

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