Submarine communications cables make the global Internet, thereby indicating the uses, investment, expectations, geographic diffusion and historical dependencies of its development. Based on the figures and arguments made in this article (Malecki, Wei, 2009), the two animated images below show how the global Internet has shifted to Asia (mostly East Asia), promoting us to reflect on not only the material and geographic foundations of the global Internet, but also the geographic, linguistic and historical position of the “new internet population”. In particular, if one view the submarine cables map in East Asia along with the internet diffusion maps that I have made for Chinese and East Asian regions, the maritime feature stands out, with links connecting major nodes in Japan, Korea, coastal Chinese cities, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The figures from (Malecki, Wei, 2009) thus provide us a reminder that it might be necessary to think how maritime it is for the recent Internet development, and whether the future internet development will experience some “continental” shift. This sets a necessary context to discuss the maritime view of the Internet development in and around China.