China, Russia move into the Arctic — and put US at risk

The Hill published an article titled, “China, Russia move into the Arctic — and put US at risk”. The article reads in part as follows:

Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called out Russian and Chinese activities and intentions in the Arctic, shocking his fellow foreign ministers at the biannual meeting of the Arctic Council, the premier regional forum for Arctic matters.

Pompeo disturbed a norm that had held since the council’s 1996 founding. For over 20 years Arctic states have attempted to compartmentalize Arctic cooperation on scientific research, environmental protection, fisheries management and search and rescue protocols — avoiding hard-power competition in military security and trade.

The U.N. Report on Extinction vs. Mike Pompeo at the Arctic Council

The New Yorker published an article titled, “The U.N. Report on Extinction vs. Mike Pompeo at the Arctic Council”. The article reads in part as follows:

US rebuffs China’s attempt to play a role in governing the Arctic

Washington Examiner published an article titled, “US rebuffs China’s attempt to play a role in governing the Arctic”. The article reads in part as follows:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will have a terse message for China at an upcoming meeting of the Arctic Council: Stand down.

 “There are Arctic states and there are non-Arctic states,” a senior State Department official said this week. “The eight Arctic states conduct governance of the Arctic region, and we reject attempts by non-Arctic states to claim a role in this process.”

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Pentagon warns about China’s increased activity in the Arctic, growing ambition to expand its presence

1380 AM WPHM published an article titled, “Pentagon warns about China’s increased activity in the Arctic, growing ambition to expand its presence”. The article reads in part as follows:

China is increasing its activity in the Arctic, building a second ice-breaking ship and looking to expand its footprint in Greenland, according to a new Pentagon report, and Beijing’s presence in the region could lead to the deployment of armed submarines, the report warned.

The warning comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepares to attend a summit of the Arctic Council, the eight countries with territory in the region, and hopes to rally them to counter Chinese influence.

Pompeo on EU tour with Arctic stopover

EURACTIV published an article titled, “Pompeo on EU tour with Arctic stopover”. The article reads in part as follows:

Pompeo heads to Berlin on 7 May to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel and a day later will see Prime Minister Theresa May in London, the State Department announced Wednesday.

Merkel has not hidden her differences with President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly taken the unusual step of criticizing the close ally, especially over the chancellor’s welcome of migrants.

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What the Arctic Council has Achieved during the Two-year Finnish Chairmanship

High North News published an article titled, “What the Arctic Council has Achieved during the Two-year Finnish Chairmanship”. The article reads in part as follows:

For two years, Finland has been leading the Arctic Council. It is time to look back at what it has accomplished during this time under the Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini and the Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, Ambassador Aleksi Härkönen’s leadership.

High North News has reached out to ask them what they think is Finland’s greatest achievement during these past two years, and what they wish they could have accomplished but did not.

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Advice from the Arctic: 4 key development challenges facing the far north

Devex published an article titled, “Advice from the Arctic: 4 key development challenges facing the far north”. The article reads in part as follows:

Remote villages that lack reliable electricity access. Poorly built homes with no indoor plumbing. Food insecurity in a community practicing traditional subsistence hunting and fishing. Stubbornly persistent poverty in rural pockets. Environmental concerns as multinationals hunt for oil, gas, and minerals.

This slate of issues sounds like textbook development challenges afflicting low- and middle-income countries. But the ones in question here can be found in the United States, Canada, Russia, and to a lesser extent the Nordics — among the richest countries on the planet.

Thursday’s papers: Winter weather returns, US Secretary of State in Finland next week, kidnapped baby found

Uutiset published an article titled, “Thursday’s papers: Winter weather returns, US Secretary of State in Finland next week, kidnapped baby found”. The article reads in part as follows:

Daily Helsingin Sanomat (HS) reports that temperatures will drop dramatically in southern Finland with a return to winter on its way after the summer-like warm sunny weather enjoyed on May Day, which was a public holiday in Finland. HS also issues a warning that driving conditions on Friday in many parts of Finland will be dangerous owing to snow and sleet showers.

The golden economic sparrow of future

The Nation published an article titled, “The golden economic sparrow of future”. The article reads in part as follows:

Arctic region which is surrounded by eight Arctic States (Canada, Denmark, Greenland, Iceland, United States, Russia, Norway, Sweden) and five coastal States comprised of (China, Iceland, Japan, Republic of Korea, and European Union) will become the economic Golden Sparrow of future, because of its minerals and new maritime routes. Hence, Russia, China and America in future will have to face more governance problem as compared to the conflict over Greenland between America and China.

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Ice Silk Road sets new direction for Arctic cooperation

The Global Times published an article titled, “Ice Silk Road sets new direction for Arctic cooperation”. The article reads in part as follows:

Since the end of the Cold War, and especially since the beginning of the new century, the Arctic has become one of the concerns of international politics and global governance. At present, with the Arctic region facing some new trends, Arctic governance and cooperation have been struggling to move forward.