Beijing isn’t letting geography get in the way of it establishing a robust presence in the next great frontier of geopolitical competition.
The Northern Sea Route through the Arctic will alter global trade flows and in doing so create new geopolitical chokepoints. Chief among them is the Bering Strait, where US, Russian, and Chinese interests converge.
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.
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?
Russia is making great strides in the Arctic. Should other Arctic Council states be concerned?
The disputed Kuril Islands have a key role in Putin’s vision of an empowered Russia.
Canada’s military preparations in this key strategic region have paled in comparison to Russia.
The United States is set to take over chairmanship of the Arctic Council, but will tensions over Ukraine block any real progress in the region?