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Bids by Chinese and other companies for Pacific cable no longer valid

US has warned that Beijing could use undersea infrastructure for spying

Japan's NEC, France's Alcatel Submarine Networks and China's Huawei Marine had submitted bids for a project to connect Nauru, Micronesia and Kiribati with an optical cable. (Source photo by AP)

TOKYO -- Three companies' bids to build an undersea cable for Pacific islands, including a Chinese company's low bid, have been invalidated, Nikkei has learned.

The bidding process was held last year for a project to connect Micronesia, Kiribati and Nauru with an optical cable owned by a consortium of carriers from the three countries, with funding from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. The cost for the project is estimated at $54.45 million, according to the World Bank.

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