Iceland and China can become neighboring states in the next five to ten years with the opening of the sailing route through the Arctic, according to Dr. Jiang Ye, director of the Shanghai Institute of International Studies, at a conference on Arctic affairs in Reykjavík yesterday.
The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long in Reykjavík. Photo: Nadine Zwiener/Iceland Review.
Dr. Jiang stated that both countries stand to benefit from the opportunities that open up with the melting of Arctic ice, visir.is.
Dr. Jiang stated that the voyage of the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long (‘Snow Dragon’) between Shanghai and Reykjavík last year marked a turning point, predicting that in five to ten years, transport companies will be able to profit from the new sailing route.
“The relations between China and Iceland are very good and when the sailing route opens up we will become neighbors,” Dr. Jiang stated in an interview with Stöð 2. “There will be a direct route from Shanghai to Reykjavík and back.”
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