Blame game chills Antarctic rescue efforts Published: 2014-1-6 16:57:00

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Xuelong frees itself from ice
The trapped Chinese research vessel and icebreaker Xuelong made a successful escape through heavy Antarctic ice on Tuesday at 6:30 pm Beijing time (1030 GMT), after rescuing passengers from a stranded Russian vessel.

Xuelong stands ready to break through in 48 hours
Trapped Chinese research vessel and icebreaker Xuelong on Monday is continuing to make the necessary preparations for possible escape from heavy sea ice in the next 48 hours.

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Normal life of scientists aboard Xuelong undisturbed

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November 7, 2013
Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, embarks on its 30th Antarctic expedition.

December 2, 2013 Xuelong enters ice floes near China’s Antarctic outpost, Zhongshan Station.

December 19, 2013
Xuelong embarks on its first circumpolar voyage since China began missions to Antarctica in 1984, according to People's Daily Online.

December 25, 2013 Russian vessel MV Akademik Shokalskiy was stranded in the Antarctic.

December 27, 2013
Xuelong gets within 10 nautical miles (18,520 meters) from the Russian vessel.

December 31, 2013
Unable to advance any further, the Xuelong dispatches a helicopter to help in the rescue.
January 2
The helicopter rescues 52 passengers stranded on the Russian vessel.
January 3
Xuelong is trapped in heavy ice floes.

January 4 Xuelong creates a kilometer-long-runway in preparation for breaking through the ice, according to a CRI report.

January 6 Xuelong waits for favorable weather conditions to break through the ice.
Source: Beijing News


Global Times
Xuelong epitome of humanitarian outreach
Xuelong, not a professional icebreaker, failed to rescue the ship from the ice. But its performance, especially the success in rescuing all the passengers, has been given the thumbs up by global public opinion. China should be proud of it.

la Croix
The Russian research vessel's expedition has put many other countries' icebreakers in harm's way. This situation reveals the risk of an Antarctic expedition and complexity of carrying out an emergency rescue. Some scientists  have raised questions as to who will pay for such rescues.

The Observer
There is relief, but there is also frustration over what appears to be a misrepresentation of the expedition in some news outlets and on the Internet. We have been accused of being a tourist trip with little scientific value; of being ill-prepared for the conditions; putting our rescuers at risk; and making light of a dangerous situation. Others have remarked on what they describe as the "irony" of climate researchers stuck in unexpected ice.

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