U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will assert her country’s interest in the Arctic, where the prospects for abundant oil, gas and new trade routes has been likened to a modern-day gold rush, when she visits the region on Saturday.
A senior Oslo-based diplomat said of Clinton: “Her aim is to emphasize that the U.S. is keeping its eye on the Arctic and remains very keen. Big firms are investing big money and she wants to say ‘I can do more than one thing at a time, the world is not just Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq’.”
Testifying earlier in May before the U.S. Senate, Clinton said that as the Arctic warmed: “It is more important that we put our navigational rights on a treaty footing and have a larger voice in the interpretation and development of the rules. You will see China, India, Brazil, you-name-it — all vying for navigational rights and routes through the Arctic.”
One of the biggest reasons for the interest is energy.
“It’s all about oil and gas. It’s just a hot issue, it’s almost a cliché already,” said Aileen Aseron Espiritu, director of the Barents Institute at the University of Tromsoe.
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