US Offers Internet Cable to Africa Amid China Rivalry – SCMP

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 emphasis the importance of democracy and warn 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 debts”.

Blinken “warned the world about Chinese digital dominance and alleged espionage aims” and US spending $300 million on building data centers 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 traveling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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