Newsweek uploaded an article online titled, “How China’s Arctic Empire will Upset the Global Balance of Power.” The article reads in part as follows;
“Every January, thousands of sculptors head to China’s northernmost city, Harbin, armed with tools, chisels and thick gloves. Cheeks reddened by cold—the temperature can fall to minus 36 degrees in Harbin—the sculptors carve snow angels, cathedrals and cities out of shimmering, translucent ice.
But however much China wishes it was, this is not the Arctic. Harbin, sits 1,440 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Temperatures are currently pushing 86 degrees, and more ice creams are being bought than ice sculptures made.
China wants resources to support its growing population, and the Arctic, with its untapped resources, offers those opportunities to mine natural resources. China’s lack of geographical presence in the Arctic has not stopped it laying out its 2017 launch of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive infrastructure project encompassing 60 countries and designed to boost the global economy and link China with the world, via sea, land and rail.
Now the rest of the world knows that China is staking a claim on the Arctic.
Classified as all land above 66 degrees north latitude, the Arctic is one of the most resource-rich regions in the world. Oil, natural gas and various ores are all available for the taking, and unlike in the rest of the world, not all states give their word to international treaties. Up to 20 percent of the Earth’s natural resource reserves can be found in the Arctic, and it’s one of the world’s least-populated areas —just 4 million people live above the Arctic Circle.
The Arctic is the 21st century’s equivalent of the Wild West. As scientific expeditions reveal how many natural resources can be found under the sea ice, competition is heating up, and China is throwing its resources at winning the race to the North.”