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U.S. Again Trying to Control Greenland to Dominate Arctic

Is U.S. Trying to Turn Russia Against China in Arctic?

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst…

In the summer of 2020, the U.S. intends to open its consulate in Greenland, as well as allocate $12.1 million to strengthen its presence on this island. According to the U.S. ambassador to Denmark, Carla Sands, the North American country will reopen a consulate in the capital city of Nuuk so it can “serve as our primary platform for increasing our daily interaction with the people of Greenland,” which is a territory of Denmark.

According to the State Department, the $12.1 million tranche is intended for financial aid to Greenland and is supposedly not related to the desire previously expressed by U.S. President Donald Trump to buy the territory. As stated in a Greenland Government (Naalakkersuisut) press release, “the U.S. is focusing on sectors in Greenland that will benefit the economic development of Greenland, including the mineral industry, tourism and education.”

At the same time, the State Department said “that the United States recognizes that Russia has legitimate Arctic interests. It’s an Arctic Council member. It’s cooperated with the United States and other Arctic states in a number of areas, including oil spill response, search and rescue, pollution issues. That work is continuing; it’s ongoing; it’s welcome. We have no concerns about it or no objections to it, and we want it to continue. But we also have concerns about Russia’s military    build-up in the Arctic.” The State Department spokesman also said that the United States does “not accept Beijing’s claims to be a near-Artic state” and that “its soft power tools generally have a sharp edge.”

Although the U.S. says it is concerned by Russia’s supposed military build-up in the Arctic, it is likely more concerned by China, a country 1,500 kilometers away from the Arctic but considers itself a “near Arctic” state. Washington cannot pass off Russia’s interests and legitimacy in the Arctic and is thus trying to a create a “us verse them” situation by highlighting to Moscow that China is not an Arctic state. Although Russia is a militarily powerful state, China is the true economic rival of the U.S., and this is of a greater immediate concern for Washington as there is little chance in the short and medium term of a war between Russia and the U.S. Although relations are hostile, they are not strong enough to eventuate in a military conflict.

However, as the U.S. attempts to use Greenland to counter China and Russian interests in the Arctic, it has not considered Denmark at all, with many political parties across the political spectrum denouncing Washington’s moves.

“The U.S. is clearly working to undermine the Kingdom of Denmark,” said Rasmus Jarlov, a centre-right MP and former minister. “In the end, they might not be present in Greenland at all if they come with this kind of agenda. It is totally unacceptable.” Karsten Honge, a leftwing MP, accused the U.S. of trying to drive a wedge between Greenland and Denmark and urged Danish premier Mette Frederiksen to “draw a line in the ice cap.”

Since 2008, Greenland has enjoyed strong autonomy, all powers were transferred to Nuuk except foreign and financial policy, and security. The largest island on the planet has enormous geostrategic appeal, which the Trump Administration has desperately wanted to take advantage of. Washington is well aware of the great disadvantage it has in this geostrategic battle against Moscow. Russia not only controls much more Arctic territory than the U.S., it is also much better prepared to exploit and control the Arctic. Paul Zukunf, commander-in-chief of the US Coast Guard between 2014 and 2018, said in 2017 that it will take the U.S. “a generation” to reach Russia’s military capabilities in the Arctic.

The U.S., Russia and China are competing over the Arctic because as the icecaps melt, a new maritime route that is emerging will allow ships to pass through, considerably reducing journey times between Europe, North America and East Asia, propelling international trade. In addition, a 2008 study by the U.S. Geology Service indicated that the Arctic potentially has 22% of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas reserves, in addition to precious metals and minerals like gold, copper, bauxite, zinc and diamonds.

However, a U.S. control of Greenland will mean a considerable advantage against Russia to gain access to these precious resources and control maritime laneways. Greenland itself has large reserves of gas, oil and fresh water. It is for this reason that Trump believed the purchase of Greenland is a great real estate deal. But the battle goes beyond Greenland, and focuses on the Arctic.

Eight nations are within the Arctic Circle – Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the U.S., and all of them created in 1996 the Arctic Council, a forum in charge of promoting cooperation and coordination. China is however outside of this circle but will still force its way to try and influence the region. Although the U.S. is watchful and suspicious of Russia, a part of it is hoping that Moscow and Washington can coordinate against Chinese influence, while at the same time dominate the region for itself. It is however unlikely that Copenhagen will allow the U.S. to control and/or influence Greenland, despite its attempts, thus severely weakening American hegemony in the Arctic.

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Olivia Kroth
April 25, 2020

Russia and China are neighbours and partners, as well as allies in the Arctic and in BRICS. They will remain allies, neighbours and partners, whether others like it or not. Deal with it!

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 25, 2020

Partners, yes. Allies, no.

China has its presence in the South China Sea. Russia has its presence elsewhere. A good partnership means both pursuing common interests while allowing the other to pursue their own interest as well. Russia closed to border to China pretty fast when Corvid became an issue. No country will sacrifice their interests for the sake of another. Unless they are under the thumb of a hegemon [look up what that actually means].

AMHants
April 25, 2020

What is interesting is the fact that the US has not ratified the ‘Law of the Sea Convention’, which relates to International Law of the Arctic Seas. As usual, the US comes late to the party, but, dema ds the top prize.

Will Greenland be stupid enough to turn itself into Ukraine 2014, just to keep a few corrupt politicians happy?

Flim-Flam
Flim-Flam
Reply to  AMHants
April 26, 2020

Even if it did ratify it, it would just cherry pick the parts it likes when it suits it.

Hopium
Hopium
Reply to  AMHants
April 26, 2020

The indigenous inhabitants of Greenland already feel exploited and treated like second class citizens by the Danish and hopefully will not allow the US to run slipshod over them. Sadly I think they have made a mistake letting them in. Once in they can never be got rid off. Greenland could well end up another Diego Garcia. Regarding the Law of the Sea. I have always seen it as the Law of the Sea Treaty.. LOST!! Lol love that..

AMHants
Reply to  Hopium
April 26, 2020

US hopefully will be Lost in Greenland, haha.

Hope Greenland show the strength ofthe people of Iceland, back in 2008. Refusing to let the NED or Open Society Foundation set up base. They take an inch and then the nation. No doubt starting with Atlantic Council/Nazi NATO ‘Pride Parades.

Mary O’Sullivan
Mary O’Sullivan
April 25, 2020

May Greenlanders avoid the fate of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Palestine, etc.
To remain free they MUST reject any “aid.” from psychopaths in the U.S. gov’t.

So Special R US
So Special R US
April 25, 2020

The US failed to turn the Black Sea into a NATO lake so why not whittle away at the Arctic Ocean?

Black Picard
April 25, 2020

Let’s see if Greenlanders & its government are as dumb as the other “Western European” vassal states.
Collectively, Europeans have Stockholm Syndrome. Their acquiescence to American exceptionalism makes me sick to my stomach.

Neutered Nattering Nabobs
Neutered Nattering Nabobs
Reply to  Black Picard
April 26, 2020

It is rather strange. Probably the CIA has spiked Europe’s food supply with saltpeter.

Jay
Jay
Reply to  Black Picard
April 26, 2020

The Europeans are parasites, calling America to do their dirty work whenever they do need it. 8 Years of protesting Bush in Iraq and then invading Libya with far less legal justification against a country that was far more stable and far less dangerous. Never forget the main objection the French had against the Iraq was that it did not allow them to collect their debts from Iraq. The whole continent of Africa is still hurt by being forced to use the colonial French monetary system, which is why Qaddafi was taken out. Never trust a European who pretends to… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
Vera Gottlieb
April 25, 2020

Allowing the Americans to “come in”…I truly feel sorry for all Greenlanders.

lex
lex
April 25, 2020

how generous of the US to open a consulate in a place with less than 60.000 inhabitants

m1810
m1810
April 26, 2020

Greenland is NOT the world’s largest island – that would be Australia

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  m1810
April 27, 2020

If you look up “world’s largest island” online, you’ll find this:

“Greenland is the world’s largest island covering 2,175,597 square kilometers. NOTE: Australia is not included in this list because it is defined as a continent rather than an island.”

As if being a continent alters the fact that it is (also) an island!

RoHa
RoHa
April 27, 2020

“as the icecaps melt, a new maritime route that is emerging will allow ships to pass through, ”

And when they re-freeze, as they almost certainly will do (and probably soon), those routes will have to be abandoned.

Nicholas Hazen
April 28, 2020

Greenland is in real terms contiguous to Canada. The equivalent of a river separates them.

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