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“For whosoever commands the sea commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself,” wrote adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh in 1829. Ships transport 90 percent of international trade, and worldwide shipping volume is expected to double by 2025. Moreover, 99% of international data is transmitted by submarine communications cables. So, with the rise of the new powers and the digital data-based era, will the oceans be at the heart of the new global political order? Can oceans reshape the world?