VIETNAM, Hanoi : Protesters hold up a Vietnamese flag (L) while others shout slogans during an anti-China demonstration in the center of Hanoi on August 5, 2012 amid tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Could the Arctic be a model for resolving such territorial conflicts? AFP PHOTOThe discussions are often framed this way: The more resources made available because of climate change means more players will jockey for position, leading to more territorial disputes.
This week an article on the website CNN.com discussed the territorial dispute in the South China Sea between nations such as China, Indonesia, Vietnam and others. Near the end of it, the author discusses Arctic Europe as an example for Asia in resolving some of these issues.
The author points out the business impetus of oil producers Norway and Russia being able to export their product quickly and efficiently ended up trumping a long-simmering territorial disputes. Maybe China and other nations can learn something from the whole exercise.
Interesting to see the Arctic being referred to in this light instead of as a powder keg of potential conflict.
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