The ruling came amid tensions between the US and China during the coronavirus pandemic. The decision had “underscored fraying ties between Washington and Beijing,” the Wall Street Journal reported. The multi-million dollar cable – with branches in Taiwan and Hong Kong – has been built already, but it has not activated. The US advised Google to concentrate on links to Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines instead. Last August, the WSJ reported that the Justice Department signalled staunch opposition to a Los Angeles-Hong Kong cable project backed by Google, Facebook and a Chinese partner, citing similar national-security concerns.