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Use It or Lose It: China's Grand Strategy

Parag Khanna
Board of Contributors
Apr 9, 2016 | 13:19 GMT
A worker watches cranes at the port in Qingdao, China, on Feb. 15.

A worker watches cranes at the port in Qingdao, China, on Feb. 15.

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In 2010, Canada hosted the G7 finance ministers in Nunavut, the country's frigid Arctic province that is home to a mere 30,000 Inuit people. Canada's "Northern Strategy" for the Arctic was a centerpiece of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper's tenure, resulting in a larger coast guard, new icebreakers, military logistics centers across the Northwest Territories, regular drone surveillance flights and a fleet of stealth snowmobiles code-named Loki. When asked why Canada was placing such strategic emphasis on the Arctic, Harper responded with a simple phrase: "Use it or lose it."...

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