(A adjacent to a bird sanctuary on Shanghai’s Chongming island marks the spot where China links to the Internet by undersea cable from the U.S. Photo by James T. Areddy/The Wall Street Journal)
Chongming Island juts out of China’s east coast midway between Russia and Australia, a choice place to glimpse herons, spoonbills and other migratory birds.
The island district of Shanghai also hosts critical landing points in China for the Internet, which some technology experts say makes it an ideal perch to spy on cyberspace. And binoculars aren’t needed around the wetlands to spot traces of a People’s Liberation Army unit that, according to current and former U.S. officials, spearheads eavesdropping on North America.
Adjacent to Chongming’s Dongtan national bird sanctuary, a space-age tower marks the landing station for a behemoth telecommunications backbone called the China-U.S. Cable Network and possibly a newer and faster network called the Trans-Pacific Express that also comes ashore on the island.
If cyber-sleuths are correct, it’s a belfry on China’s Great Firewall. (The Wall Street Journal)