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Pompeo Seeks New Strategic Agenda for Arctic, Cautions Allies on China’s Intentions

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo set out a new U.S. agenda for the Arctic last week—and warned allies about China’s growing influence in the region.

In a speech delivered the day before the 11th Arctic Council ministerial meeting on May 7 in Rovaniemi, Finland, Pompeo explained how the Arctic region is changing.

“The Arctic is at the forefront of opportunity and abundance,” he said, citing the untapped oil and gas, rare-earth minerals, and other resources there.

Pompeo also pointed to the rapidly increasing strategic significance of the Arctic Ocean, as reductions in sea ice create new shipping lanes that could become “the 21st-century Suez and Panama canals,” slashing travel times between Asia and the West.

Read the full story from The Daily Signal

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