A missed opportunity
Barry Scott Zellen reveals how China ceded its claims to what is now the Russian Far East, leaving Japan as Asia’s pre-eminent near-Arctic state
Much attention has been devoted to China’s recently articulated Arctic ambitions, particularly since Beijing’s white paper on Arctic policy was released on 26 January, 2018, which asserted that: “China is an important stakeholder in Arctic affairs. Geographically, China is a ‘Near-Arctic State’, one of the continental States that are closest to the Arctic Circle”. While Beijing’s assertion drew widespread attention both within and beyond the Arctic policy . . .