China's Arctic Ambitions and What They Mean for Canada
Published by: University of Calgary Press
Imprint: University of Calgary Press
Sales Date: 2018-01-23
Published: January 2018
274 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 17.00 mm, 9 charts, 3 maps, 2 figures, 4 tables, notes, bibliography, index
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China's Arctic Ambitions and What They Mean for Canada is an in-depth studies of China's increasing interest in the Arctic. It offers a holistic approach to understanding Chinese motivations and the potential impacts of greater Chinese presence in the circumpolar region, exploring resource development, shipping, scientific research, governance, and security.
Drawing on extensive research in Chinese government documentation, business and media reports, and current academic literature, this timely volume eschews the traditional assumption that Chinese actions are unified and monolithic in their approach to Arctic affairs. Instead, it offers a careful analysis of the different, and often competing, interests and priorities of Chinese government and industry.
Analyzing Chinese interests and activities from a Canadian perspective, the book provides an unparalleled point of reference to discuss the implications for the Canadian and broader circumpolar North.
1. Situating the Arctic in China?s Strategy
2. The Snow Dragon: China, Polar Science, and the Environment
3. Sovereignty and Shipping
4. Arctic Resources and China?s Rising Demand
5. China and Arctic Governance: Uncertainty and Potential Friction
6. The Way Ahead
Lackenbauer et al. effectively counter the most overheated rhetoric about China's Arctic interests?a solidly researched and through-provoking volume.
?John McCannon, Pacific Affairs
This book captures the multifaceted nature of the Arctic as scientific and security frontier and recognizes the complex dilemmas this region faces with sovereignty, security, and stewardship.
?Ellen A. Ahlness, American Review of Canadian Studies
A nuanced examination of the threats, and even potential benefits, that China’s Arctic interests could offer Canada . . . China’s Arctic Ambitions is able to elegantly strike a balance between being both highly informative and also enjoyable to read.
—Dean Coslovi, CDA Institute
China’s Arctic Ambitions should be a core textbook in any class which addresses Canada and the Arctic, including regional North American and North Pacific topics . . . well worth reading more than once, especially in light of current Canadian-Chinese relations.
—Ambjörn L. Adomeit, The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord