Accession Number : ADA548894


Title :   The Dragon Eyes the Top of the World: Arctic Policy Debate and Discussion in China (China Maritime Studies, Number 8, August 2011)


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI CHINA MARITIME STUDIES INST


Personal Author(s) : Wright, David C


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA548894


Report Date : Aug 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 56


Abstract : The Chinese are increasingly interested in the effects of global climate change and the melting of the Arctic ice cap, especially as they pertain to emergent sea routes, natural resources, and geopolitical advantage. China seems to see the overall effect of Arctic climate change as more of a beckoning economic opportunity than a looming environmental crisis. Even though it is not an Arctic country, China wants to be among the first states to exploit the region's natural resource wealth and to ply ships through its sea routes, especially the Northwest Passage. The Arctic is currently quite topical in China, and articles on China's newfound interest in Arctic affairs now appear with some frequency in major academic journals, as well as in the popular media. There is currently something of a cacophony of Chinese voices on Arctic affairs, and this is because Chinese Arctic policy has not been fully formulated or promulgated. There does, however, seem to be a current consensus within Arctic policy debate, discussion, and deliberation in China, and that is that the Arctic belongs to all humankind and not to any one country or group of countries. But herein is a quandary for China, which has a long and assertive record of insisting on sovereign state rights as the paramount principle of international relations. This study considers at some length the discussions and debates on Arctic issues, mainly in Chinese-language scholarly journals but also in journalistic and diplomatic Chinese-language discussion. The study is a report on China's sometimes-contentious debates and discussions of the issue, an account that hopes to convey something of their extent, complexity, and flavor while China works out its Arctic policy and prepares for its future position in and regarding the Arctic. It also offers some foreign policy recommendations for the United States.


Descriptors :   *ARCTIC OCEAN, *ARCTIC REGIONS, *CHINA, *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, *POLICIES, *WRITING, CANADA, CLIMATE CHANGE, COMPETITION, CONFLICT, DENMARK, DIPLOMACY, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, GEOPOLITICS, MASS MEDIA, NATURAL RESOURCES, NORWAY, PERIODICALS, RUSSIA, UNITED STATES


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Geography


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE