Is China's interest for the Arctic driven by Arctic shipping potential?

Authors: Huang, LinyanLasserre, FrédéricAlexeeva, Olga V.
Abstract: Interest from the Chinese government has been on the rise since about 2005, and the media have widely reported on these Chinese projects. China is often described as being very interested in both Arctic mineral resources and the opening of Arctic shipping routes, but in this characterization there is a hint of a perceived threat, as commentators are often stressing out that China’s appetite may lead Beijing into considering the Northwest Passage an international strait and resources as open up for grabs. However, the motives for this Chinese interest boils down to three points: diplomacy, access to natural resources and access to Arctic sea routes. To what extent are Chinese shipping firms really interested in developing active service along these polar waterways?
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 26 June 2014
Open Access Date: 22 March 2016
Document version: AM
This document was published in: Asian geographer, Vol. 32 (1), 59-71 (2014)
Taylor and Francis
Alternative version: 10.1080/10225706.2014.928785
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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