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China wants ships to use faster Arctic route opened by global warming

China will encourage ships flying its flag to take the Northwest Passage via the Arctic Ocean, a route opened up by global warming, to cut travel times between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, a state-run newspaper said on Wednesday.

Warming Arctic is 'new normal,' will affect us all: report

The region around the north pole 'shows no sign of returning to the reliably frozen region it was decades ago,' the report said. 
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