Pacific island nation rejects China undersea network over security concerns

The Pacific island nation of Nauru rejected a low bid of undersea communications network amid security concerns.

Solomon Times reported that the US and its Pacific allies have voiced concerns that cables laid by China would be vulnerable to breaches of the cable by the Chinese.

Meanwhile, the Pacific island of Nauru is in discussions with Australia for the undersea communications network.

The island of Nauru earlier rejected a World Bank-led cable tender, due to concerns the contract would be awarded to the former Huawei Marine, now called HMN Tech, following the Chinese firm submitting a bid that was 20 percent lower than the closest rival, reported Solomon Times.

After rejecting the Chinese bid, Nauru, with its population of just over 12,000 people, is seeking assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to fund a new communications cable.

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