As things stand, the rest of the world still has a choice. But the battle for tomorrow will require America and its allies to take daring risks in uncertain political terrain. Unchecked, China will reshape global flows of data to reflect its own interests – and the lives of countless individuals enmeshed in its systems.
Its vast infrastructure projects now extend from the ocean floor to outer space, and from Africa’s megacities into rural America. China is wiring the world, and, in doing so, rewriting the global order.