Chinese Policy and Presence in the Arctic


In the book Chinese Policy and Presence in the Arctic, Koivurova and Kopra (editors) offer a comprehensive account of China’s evolving interests, policies and strategies in the Arctic region. Despite its lack of geography north of the Arctic Circle, China’s presence in the High North is expected to grow in the coming years, which, in turn, is likely to speed up globalization in the region. This book brings together experts on China and the Arctic, each chapter contributing to a detailed overview of China’s diplomatic, economic, environmental, scientific and strategic presence in the Arctic and its influence on regional affairs. The book is of interest to students, scholars and those dealing with China’s foreign policy and Arctic affairs.

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Timo Koivurova is a research professor and director of the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland, Finland. He is also one of the editors of Arctic Law and Governance: the Role of China and Finland (2017). Sanna Kopra is a postdoctoral researcher in the Arctic Centre at University of Lapland and in the Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is the author of China and Great Power Responsibility for Climate Change (2019).
 Preface and Acknowledgements
 List of Abbreviations
 Notes on Contributors

1 Introduction to China’s Arctic Engagement
  Sanna Kopra and Timo Koivurova

2 China’s Rise in a Changing World
  Marc Lanteigne, Timo Koivurova and Matti Nojonen

3 China’s Arctic Policy
  Timo Koivurova, Sanna Kopra, Marc Lanteigne, Matti Nojonen, Malgorzata (Gosia) Smieszek and Adam Stepien

4 China and Arctic Science
  Malgorzata Smieszek, Timo Koivurova and Egill Thor Nielsson

5 China, Climate Change and the Arctic Environment
  Sanna Kopra, Karoliina Hurri, Liisa Kauppila, Adam Stepien and Yulia Yamineva

6 China’s Economic Presence in the Arctic: Realities, Expectations and Concerns
  Adam Stepien, Liisa Kauppila, Sanna Kopra, Juha Käpylä, Marc Lanteigne, Harri Mikkola and Matti Nojonen

7 Chinese-Finnish Economic Relations within the Arctic Context: Hopes and Disappointments
  Adam Stepien, Timo Koivurova, Juha Käpylä, Harri Mikkola and Matti Nojonen

8 Conclusion: China’s Policy and Presence in the Arctic
  Timo Koivurova, Sanna Kopra, Marc Lanteigne and Adam Stepien

The book will be of interest to students and scholars of international law, international relations, China studies, Arctic studies, foreign policy, international organizations, international economics, science diplomacy and environmental politics.
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