Underseas cables carry 95% of all international data, and Huawei is building or improving nearly 100 of them. China now controls 60% of the world’s fiber-optic communications market.
Por Jonathan E. Hillman (CSIS)
May 16, 2019
A version of this commentary was originally published at the Financial Times on May 15, 2019. It is reprinted here with permission.
Last week in London, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned against China’s global ambitions and suggested that Margaret Thatcher would not have allowed Huawei into Britain’s 5G networks. He could also point to Britain’s imperial past, which China is literally retracing today.
Even as Huawei faces resistance in Western airwaves, it is racing ahead under the world’s seas. Underseas cables carry 95 percent of all international data, and Huawei is building or improving nearly 100 of them. One flagship project is the Pakistan East Africa Cable Express, or PEACE, which is slated …