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Japan and China’s maritime stand-off is set to extend to the Pacific Ocean after both submitted applications to sweep vast swathes of the seabed for copper, cobalt and the rare earths so beloved of hi-tech manufacturers. UN body the International Seabed Authority (ISA) announced that it has received two new applications for …

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Childcatcher

Won't someone think of the...errr...bottom-living ecosystem such scrapping activities have a bad habit of wiping out?

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Fhtagn

I live in hope that one day our deep sea overlords will rise up and devour all of them in a chaotic maelstrom of tentacles and insanity.

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So

Why not shake hands dig it out together and share the spoils.

Nope too sensible.......

A war appears much too much fun for them.

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Re: So

Since both applicants have offered a equity-related Joint Venture with the UN (ISA), I'd say the shaking hands and sharing the spoils was exactly what they are doing. My only question is, "Who decides how to spend the UN's share of the spoils?".

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