Will China Freeze America Out of the Arctic?

The National Interest published an article titled, “Will China Freeze America Out of the Arctic?”. The article reads in part as follows:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo openly challenged China’s and Russian’s Arctic intentions at the May 2019 Arctic Council Meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland. This marked a dramatic rhetorical shift in the usual diplomatic line that the United States regarded the Arctic as a venue for cooperation and research and that climate change is the clear and present danger to Arctic security. Climate change unquestionably is altering the Arctic landscape and will have long term effects. However, Pompeo’s statement was a significant expansion of the warning by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the United States is “late to the game” in the Arctic and needs to start making policy, security, and economic investments in the Arctic or be left on the sidelines. Even though Pompeo did not suggest that the Arctic Council should take any particular action(s), it was clear that the Trump administration was not satisfied with what was happening in the far North.

NATO is carefully monitoring the ‘security implications’ of China’s increased presence in the Arctic

CNBC published an article titled, “NATO is carefully monitoring the ‘security implications’ of China’s increased presence in the Arctic”. The article reads in part as follows:

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told CNBC Wednesday that the defense alliance is carefully monitoring China’s increased presence in the Arctic, amid growing divisions in the polar region.

His comments come at a time when countries are scrambling to claim territory or boost their presence in the high north, as thawing ice raises the possibility of exploiting much of the world’s remaining undiscovered reserves of oil and gas and mineral deposits.

Concerns Rise Over Governance Gap in Arctic

The New Security Beat published an article titled, “Concerns Rise Over Governance Gap in Arctic”. The article reads in part as follows:

“We’re attempting to do something that’s never been done before in world history,” said Senator Angus King (I-ME). “The peaceful development of a major new physical asset.” He spoke of the Arctic Ocean at the 8th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations. The symposium was hosted by the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute, in partnership with the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, U.S. National Ice Center, Arctic Domain Awareness Center, Patuxent Partnership, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.