Why the Arctic matters in China's maritime 'Great Game'

I recently wrote a column on the challenges posed by China, both in the South China Sea and globally on the deep seabed. But there is another element to the maritime "Great Game" China is playing: the Arctic Ocean.

This may seem counterintuitive - the last time I looked at a map, China did not have any Arctic waterfront. But this has not stopped Beijing from an aggressive programme of building influence in what the Canadians call the High North.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2019, with the headline 'Why the Arctic matters in China's maritime 'Great Game''. Print Edition | Subscribe