A Chinese research team from the Xuelong icebreaker sets up an ocean-profiling float in the Arctic Ocean in 2016. Photo: Xinhua A Chinese research team from the Xuelong icebreaker sets up an ocean-profiling float in the Arctic Ocean in 2016. Photo: Xinhua
A Chinese research team from the Xuelong icebreaker sets up an ocean-profiling float in the Arctic Ocean in 2016. Photo: Xinhua

China ‘more than other states’ looks to future sea route through resource-rich Arctic, study says

  • Waterway that will emerge as rising temperatures cause ice to melt has drawn most interest from Chinese officials and academics, researchers find
  • It’s not expected to be ice-free for three decades but Beijing has strong commercial incentives to develop the route, according to lead author

Topic |   Belt and Road Initiative
A Chinese research team from the Xuelong icebreaker sets up an ocean-profiling float in the Arctic Ocean in 2016. Photo: Xinhua A Chinese research team from the Xuelong icebreaker sets up an ocean-profiling float in the Arctic Ocean in 2016. Photo: Xinhua
A Chinese research team from the Xuelong icebreaker sets up an ocean-profiling float in the Arctic Ocean in 2016. Photo: Xinhua
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