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China and Russia battle for North Pole supremacy

Melting ice and ample resources spark race with US over Arctic

OKI NAGAI, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- Temperatures are rising in the Arctic, in both the literal and geopolitical senses.

As global warming melts sea ice across the far north, the region is becoming a development hot spot, with major powers like Russia and China seeking control of resources and transport routes. This creates a potential security flashpoint, too.

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