The National Interest looks at why the Chinese have decided to build nuclear powered icebreakers. There is an interesting quote from the People’s Liberation Army Navy magazine, “With respect to Arctic resources, whoever gets there first, will enjoy the most wealth.”
A couple of items I found interesting were:
- They are building LNG tankers capable of operating year round in the Arctic.
- They are also apparently considering the possibility of using a central Arctic Sea Route, allowing them to be free of dependence on the Russians.