Exploration & Production

China’s Arctic ambitions no clearer after white paper

China’s new Arctic policy paper has sketched its interest in the frontier region, but Beijing’s endgame remains ambiguous China’s new Arctic policy paper has sketched its interest in the frontier region, but Beijing’s endgame remains ambiguous.
By Colin Shek 2 February 2018 0 29388
Arctic activities by Russia’s Rosneft. Arctic activities by Russia’s Rosneft. (Rosneft)

China has set out its policy for the Arctic on paper for the first time, as it looks to secure a foothold in the last great frontier for resource exploration. But experts say Beijing’s ultimate goals in the region remain a mystery.

“China is an important stakeholder in Arctic affairs,” said the white paper, released last week by the information office of the State Council, China’s cabinet. The country has no coastline or territorial claims in the region, and its northernmost point is about...