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Asian Countries and the Arctic Future cover

Over the last few years Asian governments have taken a stronger approach to the Arctic, culminating with permanent-observer status to the Arctic Council for China, India, Japan, Singapore and South-Korea in May 2013. This groundbreaking book brings together the latest research in emerging Asian interests for the Arctic region, and the implications thereof this change has for the future.

This book covers Arctic shipping, fisheries and mineral extraction. It analyzes key Asian countries' policies, positions and activities. The book also demonstrates that there are common aspects which attract Asian countries to the Arctic, such as a concern for climate change, but there are also important national differences. From the Arctic Council to UNCLOS, Arctic governance mechanisms are thoroughly presented and analyzed.

Contributed by scholars from both Asia — China, India, Japan, Singapore and South-Korea — as well as Arctic countries — Norway and USA, this book is an essential source of reference for both academics and government professionals, as well for the readers keen on understanding the dynamic change in the Arctic region.

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Chapter 1: Introduction (71 KB)


Contents:
  • Governance and Cooperation:
    • Adaptive Governance for a Changing Arctic (Oran R Young)
    • The Arctic Governance and the Interactions between Arctic and Non-Arctic Countries (YANG Jian)
    • Can Asian Involvement Strengthen Arctic Governance? (Olav Schram Stokke)
    • High North: High Politics or Low Tension? Cooperation and Conflict in the Arctic (Jo Inge Bekkevold)
    • Analysis of International Arctic Cooperation Mechanisms among the Nordic Countries (CHENG Baozhi)
  • Economic Development:
    • International Use of the Northern Sea Route — Trends and Prospects (Arild Moe)
    • A Comparative Study of the Administration of the Canadian Northwest Passage and the Russian Northern Sea Route (ZOU Leilei and HUANG Shuolin)
    • Governance and Ownership of the Arctic Ocean: Living Resources and the Continental Shelf (Njord Wegge)
    • Arctic Mining: Asian Interests and Opportunities (Iselin Stensdal)
  • Asia in the Arctic:
    • Japan's Arctic Policy Development: From Engagement to a Strategy (Fujio Ohnishi)
    • India's Arctic Attention (Uttam Sinha)
    • Asian Economic Interests in the Arctic — Singapore's Perspective (CHEN Gang)
    • Changes in the Arctic and China's Participation in Arctic Governance (ZHANG Pei and YANG Jian)
    • The Cooperation and Competition between China, Japan, and South Korea in the Arctic (GONG Keyu)
    • Findings and Challenges of the North Pacific Arctic Conference (Jong-Deog Kim)
    • The Future of the Arctic and the Asian Countries: Concluding Remarks (Iselin Stensdal)

Readership: Academics, undergraduate and graduate students, professionals, and policy makers interested in major Asian countries' Arctic interests, Arctic governance, economic development in the Arctic regions, Northern Sea Route and Northwestern Passage.

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FRONT MATTER
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Introductions
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Part 1 Governance and Cooperation


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Chapter 1: Adaptive Governance for a Changing Arctic
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Chapter 2: The Arctic Governance and the Interactions between Arctic and Non-Arctic Countries
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Chapter 3: Can Asian Involvement Strengthen Arctic Governance?
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Chapter 4: High North: High Politics or Low Tension? Cooperation and Conflict in the Arctic
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Chapter 5: Analysis of International Arctic Cooperation Mechanisms among the Nordic Countries
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Part 2 Economic Development


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Chapter 6: International Use of the Northern Sea Route — Trends and Prospects
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Chapter 7: A Comparative Study of the Administration of the Canadian Northwest Passage and the Russian Northern Sea Route
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Chapter 8: Governance and Ownership of the Arctic Ocean: Living Resources and the Continental Shelf
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Chapter 9: Arctic Mining: Asian Interests and Opportunities
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Part 3 Asia in the Arctic


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Chapter 10: Japan's Arctic Policy Development: From Engagement to a Strategy
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Chapter 11: India's Arctic Attention
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Chapter 12: Asian Economic Interests in the Arctic — Singapore's Perspective
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Chapter 13: Changes in the Arctic and China's Participation in Arctic Governance
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Chapter 14: The Cooperation and Competition between China, Japan, and South Korea in the Arctic
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Chapter 15: Findings and Challenges of the North Pacific Arctic Conference
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Chapter 16: The Future of the Arctic and the Asian Countries: Concluding Remarks
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"This volume is an outstanding contribution to the field of Arctic governance and a prime example of international science cooperation in a cross-regional context."

International Affairs

Leiv Lunde has been the Director of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) since 2012 and heads the AsiArctic project (www.asiarctic.no). His career spans research, policy analysis and consulting as well as politics and policy-making in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Lunde has been engaged in projects on Chinese energy and climate change policies and China's role in the world since the mid-1990s. The geopolitics of energy, energy governance and also governance for sustainability are key areas of research interest for Lunde, topics that are all central to the AsiArctic project.


Jian Yang born in 1962, Vice President of SIIS. He received his doctorate in economics from Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS). His key areas of specialization include: the International Political Economy (IPE), China's regional strategy in Asia, the cyber governance and the Arctic affairs. Prior to joining SIIS, Jian Yang was the Deputy Director of the Department of IPE in the Institute of World Economy, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), and served as the Deputy Secretary General of the Center for Taiwan Studies in SASS. From 2006 to 2008, he worked as a member of the editorial board for Review of Policy Research, a journal of the political section of the American Political Science Association. His published journal papers in recent years are: Exploring the Cyber Frontier: How the US Cyber Imperialism formed. International Review, No.2, 2012. The Arctic Sea Routes: EU's Policy Orientation and Diplomatic Practices. Pacific Journal, No.4, 2013. Open Source Software: An Analysis on the Cyber Community as a Producer. World Economy Study, No.1, 2012. The Structure of the US Dual Strategic Partnership System and Its Adjustments. Xiandai Guoji Guanxi (Contemporary International Relation), No.10, 2011. Power Relationship and the Resource Distribution in the Cyber-space. International Relation Studies, No.1, 2008. Jian Yang was also the author of the book, the Power and Wealth in Cyberspace (2012).


Iselin Stensdal is a research fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute. She has her education from the University of Oslo, Norway and Fudan University, Shanghai, China. In her research, she has covered extractive industries in the Arctic and Asian countries' Arctic research. Other fields of expertise include China's climate and energy policies.