Snow covered mountains rise above the harbour and town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Greenland's leaders want to use global interest in the Arctic island aroused by President Donald Trump's eye-catching offer of a sale to stimulate investment and earn more from U.S. military activity there.Greenland is important for the U.S. military and its ballistic missile early warning system, as it balances a Russian and Chinese commercial and military buildup in the Arctic.The United States maintains an air base in Thule in Greenland's northwest but doesn't pay any rent under a 1951 treaty with Denmark.Greenland had long wanted more in return for the base's use. But discontent worsened in 2014 when the U.S. military canceled a contract with Greenland Contractors, a partly state-owned firm that had serviced the base for more than four decades.And in 2017, the Department of Defense picked a U.S. company instead of Greenland's Royal Arctic Line to ship goods to the base, causing further resentment among politicians and locals.
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