Arctic expedition concludes

Shanghai: Chinese icebreaker Xuelong celebrated the return to its Shanghai base on Thursday having completed a landmark roundtrip between the Pacific and the Atlantic via the Arctic, becoming the first Chinese expedition to complete such a voyage. The three-month trip has once again spurred talk of opening the Northern Sea Route for trade between Asia and Europe, a link that is approximately one third shorter than the current traditional tradelane between the two continents.  [28/09/12]

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