China countered the Japanese media reports on China targeting the Arctic resources
data for: August 20, expedition leader Wu (right) and chief scientist Yu Xingguang (left) to reach the North Pole . Xinhua News Agency reporters Zhang Jian and Song She
Xinhua Beijing Sept. 6 (Xinhua reporter Wang Jianhua Sui Xiaofei Ye search the text) China’s State Oceanic Administration officials rejected the 6th Japanese media that China is actively preparing for the development of Arctic resources, reports, called as “purely subjective speculation without any factual basis.”
Chinese Arctic Scientific Expedition in the Arctic last week, the end of the fourth expedition. Japan’s “Yomiuri Shimbun,” 4, a report said that China is actively preparing for the development of the Arctic, this expedition at the same time seems to have in the conduct of the exploration work.
“Yomiuri Shimbun,” the report also refers to “China is trying to establish a base in the Arctic in order to obtain the necessary resources,” and quoted diplomatic sources as saying Japan’s “China in the Arctic scientific expedition aims by collecting the Arctic data to ensure that the voice of non-littoral states. ”
China’s State Oceanic Administration, Office of the Director of Polar Wang Yong told reporters of the Xinhua News Agency: “The Japanese media reports related to the content is purely subjective speculation, there is no basis in fact.”
this name official said: “Japan tried to put some of the normal Chinese scientific expedition in the Arctic for economic purposes and even distorted for political purposes.”
China in 1999, 2003 and 2008, has organized three National Arctic Research Expedition activities, this year is the fourth Arctic expedition.
said Wang Yong, China’s North Pole expedition aims to study the “Arctic-related effects of climate change on China,” purely natural science areas, the expedition did not plan any resource exploration and development research projects.
“Furthermore, the implementation of the Arctic expedition mission ‘Snow Dragon’ research vessel nor the technical capacity for resource exploration.” He said.
Yong also said that China’s Arctic expedition goal formulation, implementation, international cooperation and other sectors are open and transparent, for example, China has conducted four Arctic expedition have invited 10 or so foreign scientists counterparts, the first and the third also invited Japanese scientists.
China’s Arctic expedition by the limitations of their techniques. Arctic expedition of four main areas in the Bering Strait, Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea and Canada Basin, there is no other vessels in support of the case, the ice is not strong, “Snow Dragon” research vessel is still difficult to reach the core area of ??the Arctic Ocean.
China, “Snow Dragon” research vessel for the first time to go to the North Pole expedition reached only 75 degrees north latitude, then due to the gradual reduction of Arctic sea ice, “Snow Dragon” reaches a corresponding increase in latitude , fourth Arctic expedition reached latitude 88 degrees, creating a Chinese research vessel to reach the most northern record of the Arctic Ocean.
“This just shows that the Arctic climate is warming the Arctic sea ice shrinking, and to ‘Snow Dragon’ to obtain a larger range of activities,” Yong said. ” Arctic climate change, climate and environment in China will have a major impact. “
He also said that the establishment of Chinese exploration in the Arctic base of the reports is untenable. China is currently the only fixed in the Arctic research station “Yellow River Station” was established in 2004 in Norway and Spitsbergen archipelago of Ny-Alesund area, “Yellow River Station” housing and other fixed facilities are required to move Party Rental.
“As in Norway, where the natural protection zone, there are strict limits on human activity, only in the Chinese scientific expedition team near the station or scientific exploration activities, it is impossible for any resources away from the research station exploration, “said Wang Yong,” It is relying on the Yellow River Station, China in upper atmospheric physics research has made important achievements. ”
addition, the island as well as Japan, South Korea, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, India and Norway set up a research station 8. Japan and some other non-Arctic countries, the research station Jianzhan much earlier than China, more advanced equipment.
Arctic air-sea energy exchange is the important one of the areas in the formation of the global atmosphere and climate system changes play an important role. Arctic research carried out, no doubt the correct understanding of the region’s role in global climate change and improve China’s weather, climate and natural disaster prediction level of significance.
“China’s climate change and frequent natural disasters are related to the evolution of the Arctic climate.” Yong said, the Arctic has become the world’s climate change hot spots, in which China should make its own contribution. China every year, natural disasters caused direct economic losses amounted to 2000 billion yuan.
U.S. “Science” magazine recently published Chen L Q. Task Force on the “ice-free Arctic Ocean basin area decreased ability to absorb carbon dioxide,” the paper’s attention by the international academic circles, is considered to be Chinese in the polar climate and ocean important research results. Chen L Q. China’s State Oceanic Administration, Third Institute of Oceanography scientists.
“China’s North Pole expedition’s mission is peace, science, cooperation, environmental protection,” said Wang Yong, “according to the UN Law of the Sea Convention and related international law, China has normal expedition in the Arctic Ocean right.”