Expert: Russian-Chinese scientific studies to favor Northern Sea Route development

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ST. PETERSBURG, April 11. /TASS/. Organization of the Chinese-Russian Arctic Studies Center will favor development of the Northern Sea Route (NSR), Russia’s First Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education Grigory Trubnikov told TASS on sidelines of the Arctic forum in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

On April 10, at the international Arctic forum, the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Ocean Studies and China’s National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology in Qingdao (QNLM) agreed to organize the Russian-Chinese Arctic Studies Center for joint research in the Arctic.

“One of the tasks Russia faces in the Arctic region, and it has been highlighted by the country’s president, is to increase cargo services along the Northern Sea Route,” the first deputy minister said. “We eye as potential clients for NSR, first of all, China, India and Indonesia, and without research in the Arctic effective use of the new route could be doubtful.”

Any international cooperation in the Arctic, including between countries outside the region, is mutually beneficial, the official added.

St. Petersburg hosted the Arctic: Territory of Dialogue 5th International Arctic Forum on April 9-10. ‘The Arctic. The Ocean of Opportunities’ was the forum’s theme in 2019. Roscongress was the official organizer, while TASS was a primary information partner and the official photo hosting provider.

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