The blunt manner of President Trump’s pitch to buy Greenland might have been ridiculous, but the geopolitical rationale behind it certainly isn’t.
In opening its doors to foreign investors, an independence-minded Greenland could be ushering in a new era of geopolitical competition in the Arctic.
Beijing isn’t letting geography get in the way of it establishing a robust presence in the next great frontier of geopolitical competition.
With an expanding icebreaker fleet, land purchases around the GIUK gap, and perhaps even a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the near future, China is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Arctic.
What’s behind China’s longstanding geopolitical interest in the Arctic region?
Is Canada really on its way to becoming an Arctic military power?
This report builds on the previously published Arctic ownership backgrounder. Its aim is to highlight new developments in the scramble for Arctic oil.