China is using BRI to achieve its national security objectives: Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes his way to board a flight from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland

"The United States is achieving our reductions the American way: through scientific work, through technology, through building out safe and secure energy infrastructure, and through our economic growth, and doing it in a way that doesn't stifle development with burdensome regulations that only create more risk to the environment", Pompeo said. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, steps off a plane upon arrival in Rovaniemi, Finland, Monday, May 6, 2019.

The Arctic is melting, but don't ask U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to mention climate change.

Thawing ice in the Arctic is beginning to give increased access to much of the planet's remaining undiscovered reserves of oil and gas and large deposits of minerals, prompting nearby states as well as world powers such as China to rush and claim territory or boost their presence in the region.

Speaking on the eve of a meeting of the eight members of the Arctic Council, Pompeo took on Beijing and Moscow.

A leading worldwide security expert said Pompeo's branding of a longtime disagreement on Arctic policy between the Canada and the a "stunning rebuke" of the 1988 Arctic Co-operation agreement between the two countries.

The politician made the comments during a speech about political and economic threats to the region, which several nations see as a vast store of untapped resources.

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Last month, Russian Federation announced plans to connect the Northern Sea Route with China's Maritime "Silk Road", a move seen as developing a new shipping channel from Asia to northern Europe.

"I feel very bad", said Gao Feng, China's special representative for the Arctic and head of the Chinese delegation at the Arctic Council ministerial, responding to Pompeo's speech.

Pompeo did not use the words "climate change" once during his 2,400-word speech, according to the AP.

China has had observer status at the Council since 2013 and has been increasingly active in the region, outlining a plan for a "Polar Silk Road" past year. "I mean, compare it to China, compare it to Russian Federation, compare it, frankly, to many European nations, each of whom signed the Paris agreement".

Chinese officials attending the Arctic Council meeting as observers said China is a "near-Arctic state", a definition refuted by the U.S.

"Do we want the Arctic Ocean to transform into a new South China Sea, fraught with militarization and competing territorial claims?" It may impact the inter-state relations and security in our region.

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While China's ambitions haven't been realized in a tangible threat in the Arctic, Russia has expanded its military presence in the region at a dramatic pace.

Russian Federation has reopened military bases closed after the Cold War and is modernizing its powerful Northern Fleet.

Pompeo pivoted to blast Russia's attempts to unlawfully police foreign vessels along the Arctic coastline. Pompeo than the trade opportunities presented. There are Arctic states, and non-Arctic states.

He pointed to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where fighting between government forces and Russia-backed separatists has killed some 13,000 people since April 2014.

"We can't have one side cooperate and the other side derogate its duties", Pompeo said.

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