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China ready to play major role in developing Arctic — vice PM

March 29, 2017, 12:09 UTC+3 ARKHANGELSK

Beijing is ready to make efforts to strengthen the Arctic ecosystem’s protection

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ARKHANGELSK, March 29. /TASS/. China is prepared and is capable of making a contribution to developing the Arctic region, Vice-Premier of China’s State Council Wang Yang told the Arctic - Territory of Dialogue International Forum.

"China is a party that makes its contribution to the Arctic affairs and is ready and capable of playing a great role in developing the Arctic," the vice premier said at the forum, which kicked off in Arkhangelsk, a city in the north of European Russia, on Wednesday.

Beijing is ready to make efforts to strengthen the Arctic ecosystem’s protection, deepen the scientific research, develop and use the Arctic resources rationally and improve the institutions and tools of the Artic management, he said.

The Arctic - Territory of Dialogue International Forum is held in Arkhangelsk on March 29-30. It is expected to bring together about 1,500 people from Russia and other countries.

The forum is one of key platforms for discussing problems and prospects of the Arctic region. Its goal is to unite efforts of the international community for the efficient development of the Arctic. The participants of the forum, held since 2010, discuss improving the quality of life in the Arctic territories, developing transport system and environmental issues.

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