UPDATED 10:14 AM PT — Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is gearing up to hold discussions on National Strategy for the Arctic Region. He will reportedly discuss the issue with the foreign ministers of Greenland and Denmark Wednesday during his visit to Copenhagen.
Issues of Arctic strategy have recently been a focus of U.S. international policy, particularly due to China’s recent encroachment in the region through its ‘Polar Silk Road’ plan.
“Beijing attempts to develop critical infrastructure using Chinese money, Chinese companies and Chinese workers, in some cases, to establish a permanent Chinese security presence,” said Pompeo. “China’s pattern of aggressive behavior elsewhere should inform what we do and how it might treat the Arctic.”
Very pleased to meet with Danish Prime Minister Frederiksen in Copenhagen. Our Danish friends are key allies as we counter global challenges and simultaneously advance our mutual priorities, from global economic recovery to Arctic cooperation. pic.twitter.com/Su89UoLzJG
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 22, 2020
The U.S. is reportedly seeking greater cooperation with western partners in the Arctic Circle, particularly geared towards the expansion of economic and trade activity in the area.