Growing Concerns On What Are China's Goals In The Arctic

Reuters: Pompeo seen attending Finland Arctic talks amid China concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to attend the May 6-7 Arctic Council meeting in Finland in a show of Washington’s commitment to the region amid growing U.S. concern about China’s interests there, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States are members of the Council, which coordinates Arctic policy and is gaining clout as sea ice thaws to open up new trade routes and intensify competition for its oil, gas and mineral resources.

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Update #1: New Arctic defense strategy expected to zero in on concerns about China (Stars and Stripes/Washington Post)
Update #2: Arctic ambitions of China, Russia – and now the US – need not spark a cold war (Nong Hong, SCMP)

WNU Editor: I have been raising this issue on China and the Arctic for a long time .... China Wants To Lay Claim To The Arctic (April 6, 2014).

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