Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou shows China’s white paper Arctic policy. Photo: Xinhua

Japan concerned by China’s plan to build ‘polar Silk Road’ in Arctic

Beijing intends to pursue shipping routes, to drill for natural resources and develop a tourism industry in the northernmost region

Topic |   China-Japan relations

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Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou shows China’s white paper Arctic policy. Photo: Xinhua
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.