COPENHAGEN —Greenland on Friday dismissed the idea that it might be up for sale after reports that US President Donald Trump had privately discussed with his advisers the idea of buying the world's biggest island. "We are open for business, but we're not for sale, Greenland's foreign minister Ane Lone Bagger told Reuters.
Trump is due to visit Copenhagen in September and the Arctic will be on the agenda（议 程）during meetings with the prime ministers of Denmark and Greenland.
Talk of a Greenland purchase was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters that the idea had been laughed off by some advisers as a joke but was taken more seriously by others in the White House. Danish politicians on Friday poured scorn on the idea. "It has to be an April Fool's joke. Totally out of season," former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said on Twitter.
Greenland, a self-ruling part of Denmark located between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, is dependant on Danish economic support. It handles its own domestic affairs while Copenhagen looks after defense and foreign policy.
"I am sure a majority in Greenland believes it is better to have a relation to Denmark than the United States, in the long term，" Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, Danish MP（国会议员）from Greenland’s second-largest party Inuit Ataqatigiit (（IA）) , told Reuters. “My immediate thought is ' No, thank you'," she said.
Greenland is gaining attention from global super powers including China，Russia and the United States due to its strategic location and its mineral resources.
Martin Lidegaard, senior lawmaker of the Danish Social Liberal Party and a former foreign minister, called the idea "a grotesque（怪诞的）proposal" which had no basis in reality. “We are talking about real people and you can't just sell Greenland like an old colonial power," he told Reuters. "But what we can take seriously is that the US stakes （利害关系）and interest in the Arctic is significantly on the rise and they want a much bigger influence," he added.
32. Which of the following is TRUE about Greenland?
A.It is short of natural resources.
B.It is an autonomous Danish territory.
C.It is dependant on American economic support.
D.It possesses its own defense and foreign policy.
33. What is the possible meaning of the underlined word "scorn" in Para. 3?
A.Words that show approval of or admiration for something.
B.A situation in which it is very difficult to decide what to do.
C.The feeling that something is stupid or does not deserve respect.
D.The quality making someone continue doing sth. even when this is difficult.
34. What does Martin Lidegaard mainly want to express in the last paragraph?
A.The profit of selling Greenland to America.
B.The difficulty in selling Greenland to America.
C.The proper process of the Greenland purchase.
D.The real motivation of the Greenland purchase.
35. Which of the following can be the best title for the news report?
A.Greenland tells Trump it is not for sale
B.Trump favours the idea of buying Greenland
C.Greenland is gaining attention from global super powers
D.Trump to meet prime ministers of Denmark and Greenland