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Why China Wants to Expand Its Arctic Footprint

Dec 24, 2018 | 13:00 GMT
A satellite photo from NASA depicts the polar icecap.

A satellite photo from NASA depicts the polar icecap. As the Arctic Ocean's sea ice recedes, China is hoping to join the rush to extract minerals and benefit from shorter shipping times.

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Beijing is eager to tap into the Arctic's abundant resources and take advantage of shipping lanes that will open as sea ice recedes. But it will need to muscle into the region first. ...

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