China Can Influence Arctic Council Agenda: Danish Minister Lidegaard

Danish foreign minister says talks on development of region to be led by countries with territory there, but participation of others is welcome

By Teddy Ng

South China Morning Post

China could influence the formulation of a multilateral framework on the development of the Arctic as it increased its presence in the region, a senior Danish official said.

Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said negotiations concerning the development of the Arctic would mainly be directed by countries that hold territory in the region but that the participation of other nations was welcome.

“It is crucial that whatever happens in the Arctic region that we obey international law,” Lidegaard said on the sidelines of an official visit to China. “I would expect China to have a strong position in that regard.”

The Danish delegation is being led by Queen Margrethe.

China lobbied heavily to be granted observer status on the Arctic Council. Its involvement in the region increased last year when it gained that status.

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