Edited and translated by People's Daily Online
Chinese officials and scholars have recently refuted a Japanese newspaper's accusation of its activities in the Arctic region, saying that China’s activities are for the purposes of regular environmental investigation and investment and have nothing to do with resource plundering and strategic control, Xinhua news reported.
“Greedy eyes of China never left the wealth of Arctic,” said a report from Sankei Shimbun of Japan on Jan. 28. It said China’s geological exploration in Arctic area is aimed at plundering the oil and gas resources and controlling Asia-Europe arctic route in future by investment in the countries in north Europe to build Arctic strategic foothold, rather than purely scientific investigation.
Qu Tanzhou, Director of Polar Research Office of State Oceanic Administration of China, said this report is full of absurd supposition, and attempts to arouse suspicion and worsen the relationship between countries in the region and China.