China’s Busy Year in the Arctic

The Diplomat published an article titled, “China’s Busy Year in the Arctic”. The article reads in part as follows:

January 2018 saw the first formulation of an official Chinese Arctic policy in the release of its Arctic White Paper. Besides laying out the country’s interests and intents in the region, the white paper made official a vocabulary that sought to emphasize Beijing’s growing role as a major stakeholder in the Arctic by announcing China to be a “near-Arctic state” — argued mainly on the grounds of (relative) geographical proximity and the adverse effects that a warming Arctic would have on China’s coastal areas and various industrial and agricultural sectors. The document also sought to fold the “Polar Silk Road” — a predominantly China-Russian partnership established a year prior — into the greater Belt and Road Initiative.

Thematic Network on Arctic and Northern Governance

UArctic published an article titled, “Thematic Network on Arctic and Northern Governance”. The article reads in part as follows:

The focus of this thematic network is multilevel and comparative governance in the circumpolar north.  The network will facilitate collaboration between researchers who study the institutional evolution of Arctic and northern governance from the local to global levels. It will also encourage the comparative examination of governance across different political jurisdictions.  The network welcomes research collaboration between academics and stakeholders that responds to regional and local needs.

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