State Secy. Pompeo to hold Arctic strategy talks in Copenhagen

Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, left, greets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, upon his arrival to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Eigtveds Pakhus, in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. (Niels Christian Vilmann/ Pool Photo via AP)

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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.”

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.

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