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International relations

Chinese bids on Pacific cable raise alarm in US and Australia

Washington fears infrastructure will be used for spying by Beijing

SYDNEY -- Moves by Chinese corporations to buy into undersea cable projects and telecommunications companies in the Pacific islands have become a point of major concern for Australia and the U.S. over the possibility of spying.

This region has long been the backyard of Canberra and Washington. But they increasingly find themselves fighting over influence with Beijing, which has strengthened its presence there by building infrastructure.

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