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China's Arctic and Antarctic Ambitions

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China’s aims in the North and South Poles are less well understood than its Eurasian and African strategies, but are becoming increasingly consequential. In the Arctic, China wants to be a major player in order to gain shorter sea routes to European markets. In the Antarctic, China’s presence and scientific investments dwarf those of the United States. China’s polar policies are viewed by Beijing as part of the “Belt and Road” initiative that presents China as a benevolent global power.

In her new book, China as a Great Polar Power, Kissinger Institute & Polar Initiative Global Fellow and University of Canterbury scholar Anne-Marie Brady analyzes how China’s Arctic and Antarctic policies support its geopolitical aims and affect its relations with polar nations.



  • Robert Daly

    Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States


  • Michael Sfraga

    Director, Global Risk and Resilience Program and Director, Polar Institute


  • Anne-Marie Brady

    Global Fellow
    Professor, University of Canterbury and Executive Editor of The Polar Journal