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As the Arctic ice retreats, China, along with many countries in the world, is taking an increasing interest in the region. Det Norske Veritas / for China Daily
When asked to comment on China's application for permanent observer status to the Arctic Council, Mr Gustaf Lind, ambassador of Sweden for the Arctic and chairman of the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials, declined. When quizzed about the council's stance on how the interests of non-Arctic states regarding Arctic issues could be represented in the Arctic Council, Mr Lind also refused to reply.