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Baltic countries distance themselves from China

The Baltic Sea is not only attractive for holidaymakers. Its lure also reaches governments whose members have other plans there than to spend a few days relaxing on the coast. For the People’s Republic of China, the geographical location of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia on the north-eastern edge of the European Union offers an attractive route towards Arctic waters. In the future, global warming will transform the increasingly less icy Arctic Sea not only into a potential trade route, but also into a possible source of fossil fuels such as oil and gas. The Baltic Sea would be an ideal outpost for China’s ambitions in the Arctic.

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