U.S. Think Tank Exposes The CCP Attempt To Control Arctic Route

According to Taiwan media, the recent report released by a U.S. think tank, the RAND Corporation on October 2nd, said that the Chinese Communist Party(CCP) has established close ties with Russia in a vain attempt to control the Northern Sea Route, which will increase uncertainty in the Arctic region.

 The Northern Sea Route runs from the Russian city of Murmansk in the Barents Sea, along the Russian Arctic coastline through Siberia and across the Bering Sea to the Russian Far East. It is an important shipping route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Over the past decade, the CCP and Russia have signed several commercial and shipping agreements along the Northern Sea. As the Northern Sea Route can reduce the cost of maritime transportation and the risk of piracy, it can not only alleviate Chinese regime’s energy shortage, but also make communist China a hub for Arctic energy transmission to the world, while also helping the CCP enhance its influence in the Arctic.

 Therefore, the report recommended that the U.S. government should continue to increase its overall engagement in the Arctic and make it clear to both Arctic and non-Arctic states that its commitment is grounded in a long history of diplomacy, stewardship, scientific research and not solely based on the role that the Arctic plays in strategic competition with Russia and China. Sino-Russia cooperation in the Arctic has now attracted the attention of NATO and the U.S.. In response, the Biden administration announced in late August this year the appointment of an “Arctic ambassador” to handle all Arctic affairs and policies.

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