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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:47 AM

China to build first polar-expedition icebreaker

China is set to construct its first icebreaker for polar expeditions, state media said Tuesday, in a move it described as greatly boosting its ability to explore the strategic Arctic.

Melting ice sheets in the far north have opened up the possibility that ships could routinely cross through the Arctic Ocean as a shortcut between China and Europe as well as explore the oil-rich area. The ship "is expected to greatly boost the country's expedition capacities in polar and oceanic regions", the Xinhua state news agency said, citing the State Oceanic Administration.

The ship "is expected to greatly boost the country's expedition capacities in polar and oceanic regions", the Xinhua state news agency said, citing the State Oceanic Administration.

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China's interest in the Arctic was highlighted last year when a Chinese property tycoon sought to purchase 300 square kilometres (200 square miles) of land in northern Iceland for a tourism project. The Icelandic government later blocked the deal after officials said China had considered using the island as a trans-Arctic shipping port.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-07-china-polar-expedition-icebreaker.html#jCp

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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:23 AM

1. It's all about the oil

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