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US awakens to risk of China-Russia alliance in the Arctic

New navy secretary calls for a significant presence in the northern seas

A U.S. Navy submarine surfaces during exercises in the Arctic Ocean in March. New Secretary of Navy Kenneth Braithwaite says Washington must be vigilant in the region. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

NEW YORK -- When the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee convened a hearing to confirm the new Secretary of Navy Kenneth Braithwaite, the word "Arctic" was mentioned 35 times. 

It topped other hot topics such as "China" and "Russia," which each received 22 mentions, and far outweighed "North Korea," which was raised just six times, reflecting the new interest in the topic in Washington.

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