South China Morning Post published an article titled, “The Arctic is the next geopolitical hot spot that the US wants to freeze China out of”. The article reads in part as follows:
If Donald Trump is right, and global warming is a “hoax”, then US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit earlier this month to Rovaniemi, capital of Finnish Lapland, for a meeting of the eight-member Arctic Council, must have had a surreal air.
This traditional home of reindeer, the indigenous Sami people and Santa Claus, is getting into the habit of celebrating “black Christmas” as rain begins to replace snow during the winter months. The government is thinking of moving the Santa Claus village further north to make sure the 300,000 visitors during winter have a white Christmas.
Discussions at the Arctic Council became heated as Pompeo blocked efforts to include references to climate change or the Paris Accord commitments to carbon dioxide emission cuts.
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