CBC News published an article titled, “What does China’s new Arctic policy mean for Canada?” The article reads in part as follows;
“On Friday, China released a white paper describing its Arctic policy in a rare public move.
The policy outlines plans to develop shipping routes, expand its research programs, pursue environmental protection and develop resources across the Arctic.
“I’m a little shocked,” said University of Calgary associate professor Robert Huebert.
“The Chinese do not issue white papers. This clearly illustrated how important the Arctic is to the Chinese.”
Experts say the policy is attempting to tread a line — between respecting the sovereignty of Arctic nations, like Canada and the United States, and leaving room to gain from disputes in international law.