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Trump's ‘wacky' desire to buy Greenland sends a ‘serious message' to Russia, China


Added 08-24-19 09:18:02pm EST - “President Trump, mocked for wanting to buy Greenland last week, could well have been eyeing an emerging battle with China and Russia over control of the icy island.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Why Trump's desire to buy Greenland could actually be a 'game-changer'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Trump, mocked for wanting to buy Greenland last week, could well have been eyeing an emerging battle with China and Russia over control of the icy island.

Both countries have taken a keen interest in the region as a warming climate has led to newly open sea lanes and shipping routes.

“Trump’s approach may be wacky but it does send a serious message to Russia and China — don’t mess with us on Greenland,” Rear Admiral Nils Wang, a former head of the Danish navy, told London’s Sunday Times. “This is a complete game-changer.”

Russia has long dedicated considerable resources to the area, often using it for military research. As the ice has melted, the country has ramped up military drills, opened new radar stations and established military bases.

In April, Norwegian fisherman apprehended a mysterious beluga whale off the arctic coast — and it was equipped with Russian surveillance equipment, the Times reported.

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