With an eye to power and profit, Beijing is building influence in the Arctic

( CNN) In its quest to become a global superpower, China are continuously become entangled in territory quarrels with its neighbors, butting up against international law.

China sees an opportunity in the Arctic’s expansive sea of melting ice. Beijing has begun pushing for a greater stake in the region with a view to opening new trade routes, exploring for oil and gas and conducting research on climate change, experts say.

Geographically, China is nowhere near the Arctic Circle, which puts the Asian powerhouse at an important political drawback compared against eight countries that make up the Arctic Council, all of whom have territory inside the Arctic Circle.

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