Arctic

Arctic

It’s official – China wants to play

China now considers itself officially as having an interest in Arctic matters. In a policy paper issued by the the State Council, China’s cabinet, officials said the nation is a “Near-Arctic State” with a stake in shipping, scientific research and resource exploitation. China’s growing interest is long known but the paper puts a policy stamp on it. The paper promised support for international Arctic cooperation, new shipping standards and prevention of environmental degradation.

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