Why has the construction of a new British port in the Malvinas/Falkland Islands sparked an Antarctic controversy?

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Diplomatic disputes between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the Malvinas/Falkland Islands are common, and have increased since the two countries battled nearly four decades ago for sovereignty over that archipelago in the South Atlantic.

But the latest controversy concerns a new “front line”: Antartida.

Argentina and the United Kingdom are two of the seven countries that claim parts of the White Continent, but they are the only two countries that claim the same part of the land.

The British claim to Antarctica, made in 1908, includes (and exceeds) entirely the territory claimed by the South American country four years earlier.

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