JRL NEWSWATCH: “Arctic rivalry heats up among the great powers” – Financial Times

File Photo of Polar Bear on Snow with Bare Ground in the Background, adapted from image at nasa.gov with photo credit to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Eric Regehr

“Friction in other parts of the globe as well as climate change are fueling tensions in the high north.”

“… [N]ew or updated [arctic] strategies … have appeared … from Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the UK[,] [as well as] the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Department of Defense, Department for Homeland Security, Marine Corps and Navy …. [A]lmost all … reference … national security …. [I]ntensifying rivalry reflects more than climate change … implications …. Arctic Map[T]he U.S., Russia and China … eye[] each other with suspicion … because of sharpening tensions elsewhere … and in [additional] policy areas such as trade, cyber activities and space. … [T]he eight-power Arctic Council … for regional co-operation [founded] in 1996, is not [adequately] equipped … because its mandate excludes security issues. The [fragile] Arctic … needs … U.S., Russia and China … common ground to protect its future against the fallout from … other disputes.”

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