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The Snow Dragon: China’s Strategies in the Arctic

Olga Alexeeva and Frédéric Lasserre
p. 61-68


In recent years, several analyses and news media articles have predicted a resurgence of tensions in the Arctic over access to maritime space. Among the contenders involved in this potential struggle is China, whose ambitions in the region are suspected to hold a destabilising potential. Yet, as Beijing is developing its policy towards the region, it remains unclear whether it will contest the claims over maritime access of countries bordering the Arctic and forcibly take over parts of the region for resource extraction purposes.

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Electronic reference

Olga Alexeeva and Frédéric Lasserre, « The Snow Dragon: China’s Strategies in the Arctic », China Perspectives [Online], 2012/3 | 2012, Online since 01 October 2015, connection on 30 April 2017. URL :

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About the authors

Olga Alexeeva

Professor of Chinese History in the Department of History at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQÀM).
Université de Québec à Montréal, Département d'histoire, Pavillon Hubert Aquin, 400 rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montréal, Qc, H2L 2C5 (

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Frédéric Lasserre

Director of the ArcticNet Project in the Department of Geography at Laval University, Quebec.
Département de géographie, Pavillon Abitibi Price, 2405 rue Terrasse, Université Laval, Québec, QC, G1V 0A6 (

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