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U.S., Australia and Japan to fund undersea cable in the Pacific

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, and Japan's Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, right, pose for the media before holding a bilateral meeting in Liverpool, England, Saturday Dec. 11. The two countries and Australia will develop an undersea cable to provide faster internet to Nauru, Kiribati and the Federated States of Micronesia.   © AP

CANBERRA (Reuters) -- The United States, Australia and Japan said on Sunday they will jointly fund the construction of an undersea cable to boost internet access in three tiny Pacific countries, as the Western allies seek to counter rising Chinese influence in the region.

The three Western allies said they would develop the cable to provide faster internet to Nauru, Kiribati and the Federated States of Micronesia.

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