How China’s Arctic policy paper has warmed the atmosphere with international observers

South China Morning Post published an article titled, “How China’s Arctic policy paper has warmed the atmosphere with international observers”. The article reads in part as follows;

China issued its official Arctic policy in a January 26 white paper. The paper prompted overwhelming praise among Chinese media and academics, along with much discussion among foreign observers, especially in member states of the Arctic Council.

Five states in Asia – China, JapanSouth KoreaSingapore and India – received observer status to the council in 2013.

Japan, South Korea and Singapore quickly proceeded to issue their Arctic strategy (India almost never issues formal papers outlining policy objectives). Attention has since turned to China, which received considerable amounts of advice and calls, from academics at home and abroad, to articulate its own Arctic policy for the sake of transparency.

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