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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.
China Maritime Studies Institute, U.S Naval War College
Newport, Rhode Island
China Maritime Studies, China, climate change, arctic
Wright, David Curtis, "A Dragon Eyes the Top of the World: Arctic Policy Debate and Discussion in China" (2011). CMSI Red Books, Study No. 8.