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Trump administration forces Facebook and Google to drop Hong Kong cable

September 1, 2020

Google and Facebook have withdrawn plans to build an undersea cable between the United States and Hong Kong after the Trump administration raised national security concerns about the proposal. On Thursday, the companies submitted a revised plan that bypasses Hong Kong but includes links to Taiwan and the Philippines that were part of the original proposal.

One of the original project’s partners, Hong Kong company Pacific Light Data Communication, has been dropped.

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