Eight states have direct control over land in the Arctic. With ice melting faster than previously thought, the global contest for economic resources there has begun. And Russia is gaining ground, while China is buying stakes and influence.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has signed a declaration by Arctic nations recognising the threat of climate change to the region. But Tillerson says it's not a step back from Trump's threats to reverse his predecessor's climate policies.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host ministers from several Arctic nations including Russia's foreign minister. Trump's call for more drilling in the environmentally sensitive region is raising concerns.
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