The area north of the Arctic Circle accounts for 6% of the Earth's surface area but is one of the hottest areas of geopolitical rivalry. Roughly 40% of this area is land -- parts of the U.S., Canada, Greenland/Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia -- and another third belongs to these same countries' continental shelves, but the balance is international water. DP World, the huge Dubai-based maritime logistics company, recently signed a deal worth up to $2 billion to help Russia expand ports, operate sea lanes, and develop ice-resistant container ships to move goods between Europe and Asia along Arctic sea routes. www.nytimes.com/2021/07/23/world/europe/arctic-shipping-russia-dubai.html
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