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The race to control the Arctic


An international conference to try to prevent the Arctic becoming the next battleground over mineral wealth has taken place in Moscow.

One quarter of the world's resources of oil and gas are believed to lie beneath the Arctic Ocean.

Russia, Norway, Canada, Denmark and the United States have already laid claim to territory in the region. The talks were watched closely in China which is interested in whether new shipping routes could open up through the Arctic.

Mishal Husain spoke to Linda Jakobson, author of a report on how China is preparing for an ice-free Arctic.

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