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WorldPompeo seen attending Finland Arctic talks amid China concerns

07:00  16 march  2019
07:00  16 march  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Asked if Pompeo was expected to attend the May gathering in Rovaniemi, Finland , the senior Trump administration official said: "We do unless he China became an observer member of the Arctic Council in 2013 and last year it outlined its ambitions to extend President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt

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Pompeo seen attending Finland Arctic talks amid China concerns© Reuters/Lucas Jackson FILE PHOTO: U.S. Navy safety swimmers stand on the deck of the Virginia class submarine USS New Hampshire after it surfaced in the Arctic Ocean north of Prudhoe Bay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to attend the May 6-7 Arctic Council meeting in Finland in a show of Washington's commitment to the region amid growing U.S. concern about China's interests there, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States are members of the Council, which coordinates Arctic policy and is gaining clout as sea ice thaws to open up new trade routes and intensify competition for its oil, gas and mineral resources.

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Asked if Pompeo was expected to attend the May gathering in Rovaniemi, Finland, the senior Trump administration official said: "We do ... unless he gets pulled off to one of his many other issues."

"We want to show that we are committed to being an Arctic nation, an Arctic power," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told a small group of reporters. "Chinese action has really focused everyone's minds, including the Russians."

China became an observer member of the Arctic Council in 2013 and last year it 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.

Asked if Pompeo would attend the meeting, a State Department spokesman said he had no travel to announce.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Tom Brown)

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