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Russia opens Siberian pipeline to China as Beijing expands its influence in the Arctic

Russia unveiled a new plan for a pipeline to expand its influences and energy market in the Arctic. The pipeline would go from Russia’s Siberian fields to Northeast China. The pipeline aligned with China's “Polar Silk Road '' plans.   China's “Polar Silk Road' plan aims to use the abundant resources found in the Arctic region. Some of the key geographical features in this current event are the access and control of the Arctic regions, Russia’s political control through their own Arctic regions and sea areas, and particularly the resource rich Siberian area of Russia. The Arctic is relatively accessible to those near it and this sparks political debate over the control of such regions or the path and partnerships countries should make when   developing in the Arctic.