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Jiang Mianheng, a vice president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and You Xigui, director of the party’s Bodyguards Bureau, lost in Central Committee straw votes earlier this year, said the sources who requested anonymity.

“The elections were internal to sound out party members. The two men were unpopular with the masses,” one source said.


Expedition asserts claim on Arctic

COPENHAGEN — Denmark yesterday joined the rush to lay claim to the mineral riches of the Arctic, sending an expedition to map the seabed north of Greenland following moves in the region by Russia and Canada.

The results of the expedition may enable Denmark to prove that the Lomonosov Ridge, an underwater mountain chain that extends from Greenland to Siberia, is an extension of Greenland and lay claim to its rights in a region believed to contain important oil and gas deposits.

Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States are at odds over 460,000 square miles of Arctic seabed thought to hold 25 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The United States plans to send a Coast Guard cutter to the Arctic this week on a mapping mission to determine whether part of this area can be considered U.S. territory.

From wire dispatches and staff reports