Eurasia Center Brief Analysis EC/2022/18. – China’s stance on the Arctic, in relation to the Russian-Ukrainian war


The war in Ukraine has also drawn attention to the geopolitical importance of the Arctic. In the past, international politics had largely ignored this northern region, and interstate conflicts were extremely rare. However, the Russian-Ukrainian war has had an impact on this region, and serious changes can be expected. China has made significant investments in the Arctic, the continuation of which could be a major obstacle to the Russian-Ukrainian war. China needs to completely rethink its Arctic strategy. The greatest dilemma is that any involvement with Russia and energy security will certainly result in the total exclusion of Western countries from regional decision-making.

Keywords: Russian-Ukrainian war, China, Arctic, energy supply

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