Dr. Anne-Marie Brady is a fellow at the Wilson Center and an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Canterbury. Her current project examines China’s polar strategy and global governance.
China has interests in both the Antarctic and the Arctic. Beijing’s annual spend on polar expeditions has tripled in the last ten years and it is making a massive investment in polar-related infrastructure. The overall goal of China’s current five year polar plan is to increase China’s “status and influence” in polar affairs in order to better protect China’s “polar rights.” Many observers speculate that China’s increased polar activities may challenge the interests of other polar states. Such concerns are linked to a wider debate about China’s international behaviour around questions such as whether or not China is a “reluctant stakeholder” in the international system and whether China will continue to support current international norms as it becomes more dominant.
Please read more about Dr. Brady's work and China's interest in the polar regions by clicking the links below: