The Polar Silk Road 

 China’s trade-boosting project on the Arctic 

2018 - ongoing

Chinese state-backed companies are investing in infrastructure, buying foreign companies, competing for leases in natural resources extraction, in order to establish an artic version of the parallel and much bigger Belt and Road Initiative project. 

Future Arctic thriving within climate emergency will be determined by the balance between sustainable economical development of the communities living the area and southern interests in gaining access and control in Arctic policy making and resources.  

 

Even though China’s border is thousands of kilometres away from the area, Beijing has high interests to be involved in the process of finding this balance. The Polar Silk Road falls under the wider Belt and Road initiative, a Chinese sponsored project focused on financing trade-boosting infrastructure along the path of the ancient silk road from China to western markets. Following the initiative, Chinese state-backed companies are investing in infrastructure, buying foreign companies, competing for leases in natural resources extraction, therefore increasing the influence of China in the Arctic. 

 

At the same time, Beijing’s project is exposing feeble attitudes in Arctic nations socio-economical strategies, uncovering the need of a solid collaborative policy including Arctic and non Arctic stakeholders.

Chapters

Greenland

Light Down Below

 

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Finland

The Nordic Gate

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Norway

Fish and Tea

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Challenges for economic diversification in Arctic Norway’s fishing villages

For centuries small coastal villages along Norwegian Arctic regions have been relying on fisheries to sustain economy and community, often helped by foreign interest in trade and commerce. Climate emergency opened up the region exposing its strategic relevance and its social challenges, in a panorama where fish-driven economy is booming.

Russia

The New Wave

 

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