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Six centuries later, China rekindles its Arctic ambitions

Beijing's plan to take Belt and Road north harkens back to Ming dynasty explorer

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A cruise ship is docked at Ny-Aalesund, a research town in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norway.   © Reuters

TOKYO The famed Ming dynasty navigator Zheng He led seven voyages to the western seas. With a total crew of over 20,000, the huge Chinese treasure ships visited ports across the Indian Ocean, the Middle East and Africa.

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