Arctic happenings of interest to us: Sam Tan

File photo of a beach at the Ny-Aalesund research station on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, on Sept 20, 2016.
File photo of a beach at the Ny-Aalesund research station on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, on Sept 20, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

It's as far removed from steamy Singapore as you can get, but developments in the Arctic have significance here, says Minister of State Sam Tan.

Mr Tan, who is in Norway for a global conference on the region, pointed to just two of the most obvious "connection" points: climate change and a possible new Northern Sea passage. As a small nation at the crossroads of a major global shipping lane, the possibility of the Northern Sea Route is of interest to Singapore, he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 21, 2019, with the headline 'Arctic happenings of interest to us: Sam Tan'. Subscribe