Na­tions meet to dis­cuss Antarc­tica

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China called for bet­ter un­der­stand­ing, pro­tec­tion and de­vel­op­ment of Antarc­tica as it hosted the start of the 40 th Antarc­tic Treaty Con­sul­ta­tive Meet­ing on May 23. The south­ern­most con­ti­nent should be de­vel­oped in a peace­ful man­ner, and coun­tries in­volved should in­crease their po­lit­i­cal trust and shared re­spon­si­bil­ity, Vice-Pre­mier Zhang Gaoli said in the open­ing cer­e­mony of the meet­ing in Bei­jing. On May 22, China pub­lished its first white pa­per, China’s Antarc­tic Pro­grams, on its Antarc­tic ex­plo­rations, pledg­ing to boost its ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the ex­plo­ration and study of the con­ti­nent. The pa­per says China will build a new per­ma­nent sta­tion and ad­vanced icebreakers, de­velop aerial ca­pa­bil­ity for sur­vey­ing trans­porta­tion, and de­sign sci­en­tific ap­pa­ra­tus for the Antarc­tic en­vi­ron­ment.

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