NUUK, Greenland, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Greenland announced Wednesday that it had agreed to a new economic aid program with the United States which aims to strengthen ties with the world. larger island and strengthen the US military presence in the Arctic.
Washington has a military base in Greenland but has paid little attention to it. 'Arctic for two decades until 2019, when it began to look to the island in an attempt to counter Russian and Chinese trade and military build-up in the region.
The $ 10 million USAid aid announced on Wednesday is primarily intended for the development of Greenland's mining, tourism and education sector.
"It 's not a large sum, but symbolically it ' s very important ", told Hfrance.fr the Minister of Industry and Aforeign leader of the country, Pele Broberg, during an interview in the capital Nuuk.
The com package adds to a package of 12, $ 1 million announced by Washington last year, which drew criticism from Copenhagen for creating a
The Greenland, home to only 57,000 people but rich in natural resources, is a former colony and now an autonomous Danish territory.
It drew attention international in 2019 when former President Donald Trump tried to buy the island. Last year, the United States opened a consulate in Greenland, where it has had decades of a vital military base for its ballistic missile early warning system.
Greenland elected a new government in April which pledged to stop a grand pRare earth mining project supported by China because it contains radioactive uranium. The project was seen as a potential change for the country's small economy.
"It has ripple effects to say no to the uranium mining, but we think there are other areas that can be developed, and this is what we are going to study with the Americans, "said Broberg of a small pro-independence party. .
With an economy heavily dependent on fishing, the island relies on annual subsidies of around $ 600 million from Denmark. However, some see the relationship with Denmark as an obstacle to economic development.
"We are not getting the support from Denmark that we need to thrive. So now we try to go our own way, without Denmark, and we start small ”,Broberg said. Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; edited by Philippa Fletcher
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