Russia and China Have Plans to Work on Building a Northern Sea Route

On March 21, 2023, during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the two countries’ desire to build a joint working entity for the development of a Northern Sea Route.

“We see cooperation with Chinese partners in developing the transit potential of the Northern Sea Route as promising. We are ready to create a joint working body for the development of the Northern Sea Route,” Putin stated.

According to Putin, both countries have been improving their transport and logistics infrastructure in the last few years.

“Our countries are united by a long land border, so the formation of railway and road corridors in the direction of China-Europe and back through Russian territory remains an absolute priority to meet the needs of growing cargo and passenger traffic,” Putin added.

Putin also talked about the transport infrastructure facilities that were established in 2022.

“The launch of traffic on bridges will reduce the cost and time of transporting goods between Russia and China, expand the geography of trade and increase the volume of transit with the countries of the Asia-Pacific Region,” Putin emphasized.

The Northern Sea Route is a shipping route and the principal sea route in the Russian Arctic sector. Russian state media outlet TAAS noted that “It stretches along the northern coasts of Russia across the seas of the Arctic Ocean (Barents, Kara, Laptev, East Siberian, Chukchi and Bering seas).” On top of that, the “route consolidates the European and Far Eastern ports of Russia and navigable river mouths in Siberia into a single transport system.” 

Many experts believe that the Northern Sea Route could lead to unprecedented volume in maritime trade should the ice caps in this region begin to melt, thus making the area more navigable for vessels. While the US spends billions promoting woke, self-lobotomization projects at home and maintains a bloated empire, Russia and China are working together to build solid infrastructure that will boost major trade among themselves and their partners. This is just another sign of declining US hegemony abroad. 

Hopefully, America’s political class can pick up on this and start adjusting to these new political realities. 

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