Northern Sea Route

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November 24, 2008: China’s icebreaker Xuelong (Snow Dragon), which has a crew of approximately 265, during her 25th expedition to Antarctica (source: dpa)

China’s polar strategy

Intrepid explorers battling the cold were once the only people to reach the earth’s poles, but now the Arctic and Antarctic are hotbeds of activity, with states around the world jockeying for position. Both the North and South Poles offer the potential of vast resources, trade opportunities and scientific discovery. China, somewhat late to the action, is making up ...

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