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China in the Arctic: You gots to chill

I didn’t realize that the Chinese government might see possible advantages in the melting of the northern icecap. But apparently it does, and the foreign ministers of some of the colder nations are discussing what to do about the panda bear’s interest in going polar. “Earlier this month, a Chinese rear admiral asserted that the ...

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I didn't realize that the Chinese government might see possible advantages in the melting of the northern icecap. But apparently it does, and the foreign ministers of some of the colder nations are discussing what to do about the panda bear's interest in going polar.

"Earlier this month, a Chinese rear admiral asserted that the Arctic belongs to all peoples," writes Michael Byers, a professor at the Univ. of British Columbia who wrote Who Owns the Arctic?

I didn’t realize that the Chinese government might see possible advantages in the melting of the northern icecap. But apparently it does, and the foreign ministers of some of the colder nations are discussing what to do about the panda bear’s interest in going polar.

“Earlier this month, a Chinese rear admiral asserted that the Arctic belongs to all peoples,” writes Michael Byers, a professor at the Univ. of British Columbia who wrote Who Owns the Arctic?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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