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Global warming pulls Norway closer to Asia

AFP, KIRKENES, Norway

It has also decided to establish 10 bases along its coast to redress the current abject lack of infrastructure.

Admitted last month as an observer in the Arctic Council, China also wants to be part of the game.

After the first transit of its icebreaker Snow Dragon last year, the world’s second-largest economy now plans to send its first commercial shipment along the northern route this summer.

Between 5 percent and 15 percent of Chinese international trade could take this new road by 2020, Polar Research Institute of China director Yang Huigen (楊惠根), was quoted as saying in the media.

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