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China-Australia friction intensifies deep in the South Pacific

Tug of war over submarine internet cables carries high security stakes

FUMI MATSUMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands

SYDNEY -- They are the arteries of the modern global economy. Undersea cables, to put it simply, make the internet work. And for the most part, they are out of sight and out of mind -- though not for the governments of China, Australia and Western allies.

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