China’s Belt and Road in the Arctic: Perspectives from Iceland and Greenland

An open seminar hosted by The Centre for Arctic Policy, Thursday 18. January from 12:00 – 13:00 in room HT 104 at the University of Iceland

China’s Belt and Road in the Arctic: Perspectives from Iceland and Greenland

The Arctic Ocean was formally added to China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative in June 2017, meaning that Beijing would be openly seeking to make use of the Arctic for increased trade with Europe. However, it remains to be seen exactly how the Arctic region may benefit from increased Chinese investment and economic partnerships. What was the genesis of the Belt and Road Initiative? And how can Iceland and Greenland respond to the growing interest of China in the far north?

Marc Lanteigne is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University, New Zealand and an Affiliated Researcher at the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies, University of Iceland. He is the author of Chinese Foreign Policy: An Introduction, and numerous articles on Chinese and East Asian international relations, as well as Asia-Arctic diplomacy.

Mingming Shi, is a graduate student in West Nordic Studies at the University of Iceland. Growing up in Southern China, Mingming moved to Iceland and started her career in the Arctic region three years ago. Mingming has done research in Greenland, where she focused on the economic relationship between Greenland and China.