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Google-Facebook ditch plans to dock giant data cable in Hong Kong

The US government had expressed concerns that China might steal data carried by the cable.

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image copyright Getty Images image caption The original plan had been to land the data cable in Hong Kong

Plans for an underwater data cable between Los Angeles and Hong Kong have been dropped after the US government expressed fears that China could steal data from it.

Facebook and Google are among the US tech firms involved in the Pacific Light Cable Network project.

The 12,800 km (8,000 miles) long cable has already been laid.

However it needs permission from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in order to operate.

The project was first announced in 2016.

At the time, Google said the cable would “provide enough capacity for Hong Kong to have 80 million concurrent HD video conference calls with Los Angeles”.

The US tech firms are collaborating on the cable via the Pacific Light Data Company. The proposed Hong landing station would have been run by a business owned by China’s Dr Peng Group – one of the country’s largest internet service providers.

In recent months tensions have been mounting between the US and China.

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