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January 29, 2023
China Makes Polar Plunge in Brazen Land-Grab as It Eyes Expansion to Antarctica
Source: Washington Times
Journalist Mike Glenn
On the other side of the world, China is expanding its footprint in Antarctica to become a “polar great power” by the end of the decade.
“China has an interest in being seen as an important player in all kinds of regions,” said Jacob Stokes, a senior fellow with the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Washington-based Center for a New American Security. “Its ability to operate in [the polar regions] is ‘world-class’ if not ‘world-leading.’”
Beijing’s national security law has created a legal framework to exercise its claims. China is increasing its presence in Antarctica through scientific projects, commercial ventures and infrastructure investments.
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