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New shipping route shows China's Arctic ambitions
Bangkok Post ^ | 08/16/2013 | AFP

Posted on 08/16/2013 12:42:17 AM PDT by TexGrill

The maiden voyage to Europe by a Chinese merchant ship through the "Northeast Passage" will help the world's biggest exporter speed goods to market and is a symbol of Beijing's strategic ambitions in the Arctic.

The emerging Arctic Ocean shipping route north of Russia has been opened up by global warming and cuts thousands of kilometres (miles) -- and many days -- off the journey from China to its key European market.

A vessel owned by Chinese state shipping giant COSCO left the northeastern port of Dalian last week bound for Rotterdam in the Netherlands, on a 5,400-kilometre (3,380-mile) voyage which state media said would take just over 30 days.

That is up to two weeks faster than the traditional route between Asia and Europe through the Suez Canal, according to COSCO.

"It's potentially going to change the face of world trade," said Sam Chambers, editor of SinoShip magazine.

"The Chinese will use the Arctic route in a very big way. It's all about having options, having alternatives in case of emergency," he said.

But China is also eyeing the Arctic for better access to resources to fuel the world's second largest economy, such as the natural gas reserves held by political ally Russia in the region.

China -- which does not border the Arctic and has no territorial claim to any of it -- also recognises the area's potential for scientific research and its strategic value as what one Chinese analyst who did not want to be named called "military high ground".

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: chinaeconomy
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1 posted on 08/16/2013 12:42:17 AM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill
The commercial shipping route is currently only open for about four months a year as polar ice melting as a result of global warming makes it more accessible.

Well don’t expect it to last because Global Warming is coming to an end and Global Cooling is beginning.

2 posted on 08/16/2013 1:05:31 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: TexGrill

North polar sea ice was at its greatest summer extent in some time this year, and I’ve already seen more than one forecast for a more-severe-than-usual winter.


3 posted on 08/16/2013 1:11:31 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: TexGrill
"military high ground" ?

Someone needs to teach this guy that "North" does not equate to "Up".

4 posted on 08/16/2013 3:31:44 AM PDT by Pecos (Kritarchy: government by the judges)
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