Stars and Stripes stripes.com 06 Jan, 2021 04:30 am

New Arctic strategy calls for more Navy activity in the region as competition from Russia, China increases

New Arctic strategy calls for more Navy activity in the region as competition from Russia, China increases
Russia has been reopening old military bases and moving forces in the Arctic, and it operates a large icebreaker fleet. China is increasing its shipbuilding and port infrastructure in the region.

New Arctic strategy calls for more Navy activity in the region as competition from Russia, China increases The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) passes under the Northern Lights while participating in exercise Trident Juncture 2018.Navy released its strategy on how the service plans to become more active in the Arctic as the region opens up to more economic and military competition from Russia and China.Navy released its strategy Tuesday on how the service plans to become more active in the Arctic as the region opens up to more economic and military competition from Russia and China.” Russia and China, both nations mentioned in the 2018 National Defense Strategy as “great-power” competitors with the United States, have increased their military and economic presence in the Arctic in recent years due to the opening of arctic waters, the Navy said.

“Without sustained American naval presence and partnerships in the Arctic region, peace and prosperity will be increasingly challenged by Russia and China, whose interests and values differ dramatically from ours,” according to the 25-page document.“In the face of increasing aggressive activity in the high north from both Russia, which is an Arctic nation, and China, which claims to be a near Arctic nation, we in the United States must maintain a favorable balance of power in this region for ourselves and for our allies,” Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite told reporters ahead of the document’s release.

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