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Battle for Greenland: US and China race to grow Arctic footprint

Global warming brings new opportunities in resources and military strategy

The town of Tasiilaq, Greenland: the world's largest island is drawing more attention from both the U.S. and China.   © Reuters

NUUK, Greenland -- Call it an Arctic Game of Thrones. The U.S. and China are turning their focus to Greenland's rich mineral deposits and strategic location as melting ice caps open up the Arctic to new business possibilities.

Xploration Services Greenland, which helps mining companies set up shop on the island 85% covered with ice, has received many inquiries about possible partnerships over the past few years from players in Canada, Australia, Europe and China.

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