The Arctic has become “an arena of global power and competition”, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: Xinhua

Could the Arctic chill US-China relations still further?

  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns against Beijing’s ‘aggressive behaviour’ in polar region
  • But observers say the US is overestimating the threat from China, which is more interested in scientific research than military matters
Topic |   US-China relations

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The Arctic has become “an arena of global power and competition”, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: Xinhua
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A soldier holds a machine gun as he patrols the Russian northern military base on Kotelny Island, beyond the Arctic Circle on April 3. Photo: AFP

‘Entitled to exactly nothing’: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns China and Russia against aggression in Arctic

  • Pompeo says China’s attempts to inject itself into the region’s affairs by pushing infrastructure projects and commercial investments must be checked
  • Chinese Arctic affairs representative Gao Feng dismisses warning, says countries should be free do deal with China as they wish
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A soldier holds a machine gun as he patrols the Russian northern military base on Kotelny Island, beyond the Arctic Circle on April 3. Photo: AFP
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