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Competition for the Arctic – China’s Ice-Cold Plans

For a brief moment, Sergei Lavrov drops the diplomatic mask. “Everyone has been perfectly clear for a long time that this is our territory,” Russia’s foreign minister said last week, referring to the Arctic. “This is our land.” So when Russia took over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council a few days later, it should have been clear not only to the eight council members (Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Canada, Russia and the United States): Moscow lays claim to the entire 1.2 million square kilometers of that icy region.

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