Could the Arctic chill US-China relations still further?

Tensions between China and the US have spilled over into the Arctic with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warning that Beijing’s “aggressive behaviour” in the polar north could create a “new South China Sea” conflict.

Speaking at a meeting of the Arctic Council – a high-level forum with representatives from eight countries – Pompeo said the resource-rich region had become “an arena of global power and competition”, and that the US was planning to strengthen its presence there to keep…

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