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Japan, US and Australia to finance undersea cable for Palau

Project marks first infrastructure aid for free and open Indo-Pacific under Suga

Islands in Palau: Over 90% of cross-border telecom data is carried by underwater cables.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan, the U.S. and Australia will finance the connection of a submarine internet cable to the Pacific island nation of Palau, Nikkei has learned, in a project meant as a counterweight to China's growing economic influence in the region.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is expected to announce the financial support Wednesday in a video message with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne at an international forum held in Vietnam.

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