It’s about communication, such as Zoom meetings, which are currently taking place more frequently due to the pandemic. But also e-mails, films, and video calls. Control over the data traffic that results from this is now threatening to become the next conflict between the US and China. The trigger is a deep-sea cable that bears the name “Peace” of all things – standing for “Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe”. Peace, when the project is completed at the end of the year, is a fiber-optic cable that will first run over land from China to Pakistan and then go underwater for 12,000 kilometers at the port of Gwadar. It splits before the Horn of Africa: Heading to the south, it reaches Kenya while heading north towards Europe in France, it comes ashore again near a popular beach in Marseille.
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