US warns Beijing’s Arctic activity risks creating ‘new South China Sea’

US secretary of state chides Chinas aggressive behaviour and also accuses Russia of provocative actions The US plans to beef up its Arctic presence to keep Russias and Chinas aggressive behaviour in check in the resource-rich region, the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has warned The region has become an arena of global power and competition owing to vast reserves of oil, gas, minerals and fish stocks, Pompeo said in a speech in northern Finland. Just because the Arctic is a place of wilderness does not mean it should become a place of lawlessness, he said. Speaking on the eve of a meeting of the eight members of the Arctic Council, Pompeo took on Beijing and Moscow. Chinas pattern of …