The Financial Times of Weds 24th November had the following item on page 3 “Cameron woos Nordic Nations” by George Parker and Andrew Ward
in the “Key Issues” box there was the following–
Arctic In addition to oil and mining, there could be the prospect of shipping routes to Asia if global warming opens the Arctic Ocean.
Er, surely, FROM Asia? From the European Commission’s own website
* EU goods exports to China 2009: €81.7 billion
* EU goods imports from China 2009: €214.7 billion
Shades of the famous apocryphal story “Fog in Channel: Continent cut off”?
For more on this, see the relevant chapter in Cleo Paskal’s “Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map “.
There’s also an interesting hypothesis (someone wrote to the FT letters page) that humungous super-container ships that were too big to use Felixstowe or Rotterdam would be able to use Iceland as a trans-shipping (move-everything-onto-small-ships) port… Apparently the Chinese elite is courting Iceland’s elite assiduously…