China Building Arctic Cruise Ship for “Polar Silk Road”

SHANGHAI, March 17 (Reuters) - China has begun building its first polar expedition cruise ship, state news agency Xinhua reported Saturday, as the country looks to shipping lanes opened up by global warming to extend President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road initiative to the Arctic. Construction of the 104.4-meter vessel, equipped with an advanced electric propulsion and control … [Read more...]

Is China’s Arctic Expansion a Reason to Worry?

By Adam Minter (Bloomberg View) -- Last week, China said it plans to build a "Polar Silk Road" that will open shipping lanes across the largely pristine region at the top of the world. It's an ambitious idea for a country that lacks an Arctic border, and it has raised concerns around the world about China's ultimate intentions and its capacity for environmental stewardship. … [Read more...]

China Unveils Vision for ‘Polar Silk Road’ Across Arctic

BEIJING, Jan 26 (Reuters) - China on Friday outlined its ambitions to extend President Xi Jinping's signature Belt and Road Initiative to the Arctic by developing shipping lanes opened up by global warming. Releasing its first official Arctic policy white paper, China said it would encourage enterprises to build infrastructure and conduct commercial trial voyages, paving the … [Read more...]