FINLAND - Arctic Corridor from China to Europe

Arno Froese

Spurred by China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative, decision-makers in Finland and Norway are speeding up talks on a so-called Arctic Corridor.

Cargo ships from Asia will off-load in Kirkenes or elsewhere in northern Norway on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, saving thousands of nautical miles as compared to the route through the Suez Canal.

The ships would pick up European exports while goods from Asia would travel on rail through Finland, through a tunnel to Estonia and from there reach central Europe in record time.

Finland already considers itself Europe’s air traffic gateway to China and Asia.

Helsinki Airport is closer to China than any other in the EU with only seven and a half hours flying time to Beijing.

As for the tunnel from Helsinki to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, the governments of Estonia and Finland two weeks ago published an EU-funded feasibility study of what promises to be the world’s longest tunnel under the Bay of Finland. The bay is 80km wide.

Most days, some 20,000 people travel by ferry across this bay. This and other traffic make Helsinki the busiest passenger harbor in the world and the government and local business support the idea of a tunnel despite the somewhat staggering cost estimates of some €15bn.

“We are looking in particular at Chinese organizations already financing the Belt and Road Initiative. In Kazakhstan new infrastructure to the tune of $50bn is being built as part of this initiative,” he said at his Helsinki office at We+, a Chinese owned share-space office complex favored by creative industry start-ups.

-euobserver.com, 28 February 2018

Arno's commentary

Communist China is on the move, to be more closely connected to the European continent. It seems like nothing stands in the way of imagination: how to increase merchandising from the East to the West and vice-versa.

It is of interest that the driving force is no longer the United States, as it has been in the past, but now China leads, continuing to purchase giant corporations in Europe, invest heavily on the continent, and undertake significant projects in Africa and South America.

We reiterate, commerce is king and mankind—no matter which nation or nations—will always strive for more, for better, and thereby attempt to create a commercial kingdom of peace on planet earth. That will actually happen, albeit only temporarily.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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