Much Ado about Something? China in Arctic Resource Development: Greenland and the Isua Iron-ore Project

In Svein Vigeland Rottem and Ida Folkestad Soltvedt (eds), Arctic Governance: Norway Russia and Asia. Volume 3. I.B. Tauris, 2020, pp. 259-279.

China is among the non-Arctic states that have shown interest in the Arctic. It has presented itself as a ‘near-Arctic’ country and obtained permanent observer status on the Arctic Council in 2013. Some observers have expressed suspicion about China’s intentions in the Arctic. Others, however, have been enthusiastically welcoming – like the Icelandic government under President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. In this chapter, I present one case that has featured both reported and rumoured Chinese involvement: the Isua iron-ore mine project on Greenland. My aim is to describe the events as closely to what happened as possible, differentiating between alleged and actual Chinese connections.



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