- The U.S. continues to oppose a fiber cable that will directly link the U.S. and Hong Kong.
- Underwater wiretapping is as American as apple pie, but officials say they’re concerned about data being tapped in Hong Kong.
- Fiber is easy to physically hack and must have robust encryption to be safe.
Critics in the U.S. government say a new 8,000-mile cable beneath the Pacific Ocean is bait for foreign spies. But advocates counter that these fears are overblown, and the first direct fiber link from the U.S. to Hong Kong is worth it.