China, Pursuing Strategic Interests, Builds Presence in Antarctica

One of our Indian team members today shared an interesting and worrisome article about China’s assumed ambitions to extract resources on Antarctica.  The article refers to the Antarctic Treaty, and how it now still protects the Antarctic Continent.  In 2048 however, this treaty may not be renewed which will leave this beautiful continent unprotected against exploration.  A very disturbing vista…

May 4, 2015 – published on the website NDTV.com

China, Pursuing Strategic Interests, Builds Presence in Antarctica

China, Pursuing Strategic Interests, Builds Presence in Antarctica

File Photo: View of China’s military base in the King George island in Antarctica. (Agence France-Presse)

Hobart, Tasmania:  Few places seem out of reach for China’s leader, Xi Jinping, who has traveled from European capitals to obscure Pacific and Caribbean islands in pursuit of his nation’s strategic interests.

So perhaps it was not surprising when he turned up last fall in this city on the edge of the Southern Ocean to put down a long-distance marker in another faraway region, Antarctica, 2,000 miles south of this Australian port.

Standing on the deck of an icebreaker that ferries Chinese scientists from this last stop before the frozen continent, Xi pledged that China would continue to expand in one of the few places on earth that remain unexploited by humans.

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