China’s icebreaker Xuelong in November 2016. The US ambassador to Denmark has decried China’s proposal for new Arctic shipping routes, accusing Beijing of building icebreakers, deploying unmanned ice stations and engaging in “large and sophisticated data collection efforts” to “advance its predatory economic interests and project its authoritarian values”. Photo: Xinhua China’s icebreaker Xuelong in November 2016. The US ambassador to Denmark has decried China’s proposal for new Arctic shipping routes, accusing Beijing of building icebreakers, deploying unmanned ice stations and engaging in “large and sophisticated data collection efforts” to “advance its predatory economic interests and project its authoritarian values”. Photo: Xinhua
China’s icebreaker Xuelong in November 2016. The US ambassador to Denmark has decried China’s proposal for new Arctic shipping routes, accusing Beijing of building icebreakers, deploying unmanned ice stations and engaging in “large and sophisticated data collection efforts” to “advance its predatory economic interests and project its authoritarian values”. Photo: Xinhua
Donald Gasper
Opinion

Opinion

Donald Gasper

US tactics to deny China a role in the Arctic are welcomed by no one but itself

  • Washington’s mischaracterisation of Beijing’s intentions is the basis for moves to increase US’ presence in Arctic and lean on allies to undermine China’s
  • However, public opinion in the region largely welcomes Chinese participation in scientific endeavours and infrastructure development

China’s icebreaker Xuelong in November 2016. The US ambassador to Denmark has decried China’s proposal for new Arctic shipping routes, accusing Beijing of building icebreakers, deploying unmanned ice stations and engaging in “large and sophisticated data collection efforts” to “advance its predatory economic interests and project its authoritarian values”. Photo: Xinhua China’s icebreaker Xuelong in November 2016. The US ambassador to Denmark has decried China’s proposal for new Arctic shipping routes, accusing Beijing of building icebreakers, deploying unmanned ice stations and engaging in “large and sophisticated data collection efforts” to “advance its predatory economic interests and project its authoritarian values”. Photo: Xinhua
China’s icebreaker Xuelong in November 2016. The US ambassador to Denmark has decried China’s proposal for new Arctic shipping routes, accusing Beijing of building icebreakers, deploying unmanned ice stations and engaging in “large and sophisticated data collection efforts” to “advance its predatory economic interests and project its authoritarian values”. Photo: Xinhua
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