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Game of Thrones in the Far North


A new battleground opened in Asia’s Game of Thrones today when the Arctic Council, an organization of the eight countries adjacent to the Arctic region, agreed to admit observer states, including five from Asia: China, South Korea, India, Japan, and Singapore.

“There is nothing that should unite quite like our concerns for both the promises and the challenges of the northernmost reaches of the earth…. The consequences of our nations’ decision don’t stop at the 66th parallel,” John Kerry said after the agreement was struck.

To riff off of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic just a bit further:Summer is coming to the Arctic, and the ice is melting. With that momentous change could come a variety of trading and resource-extraction opportunities, especially for energy-hungry Asian nations like China and India.

From the Strait of Malacca to the South and East China Seas to the newly opened icy regions of the far north, Asia’s Game of Thrones extends to waters near and far, warm and cold.

[Icebergs image courtesy of Shutterstock]

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