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Polar opposites: Canada counters Russian claims to energy-rich Arctic

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Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com

Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper will tour the Arctic to mark that country’s resolve in protecting its claims in the region, increasingly threatened by Russia, a country that has emerged as the most aggressive in recent years to challenge Canada’s arctic and polar claims.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits Yukon's Kluane National Park in 2011. / Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press

The Arctic tundra that Canada claims is mostly in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and northern Manitoba. …

Since coming to office in 2006, Harper’s Conservative government has sought to beef up Canada’s political, economic and military presence in the Arctic to counter territorial claims from newly aggressive Russia, which is building an Arctic brigade to permanently garrison what Moscow views as its own territory.

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