China's Arctic Ambitions and What They Mean for Canada


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China’s Arctic Ambitions and What They Mean for Canada is an in-depth studies of China’s increasing interest in the Arctic. It offers a holistic approach to understanding Chinese motivations and the potential impacts of greater Chinese presence in the circumpolar region, exploring resource development, shipping, scientific research, governance, and security.

Drawing on extensive research in Chinese government documentation, business and media reports, and current academic literature, this timely volume eschews the traditional assumption that Chinese actions are unified and monolithic in their approach to Arctic affairs. Instead, it offers a careful analysis of the different, and often competing, interests and priorities of Chinese government and industry.

Analyzing Chinese interests and activities from a Canadian perspective, the book provides an unparalleled point of reference to discuss the implications for the Canadian and broader circumpolar North.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front Cover 1
Half Title Page 2
Series Page 3
Full Title Page 4
Copyright Page 5
Table of Contents 6
Illustrations 8
Abbreviations 10
Acknowledgements 12
Introduction 14
1 | Situating the Arctic in China’s Strategy 40
2 | The Snow Dragon: China, Polar Science, and the Environment 60
3 | Sovereignty and Shipping 86
4 | Arctic Resources and China’s Rising Demand 112
5 | China and Arctic Governance: Uncertainty and Potential Friction 144
6 | The Way Ahead 166
Notes 188
Bibliography 238
Index 268
Biographies 273
Back Cover 276