‘China’s new Arctic policy is defensive, not offensive’

Maritime expert terms Beijing's polar initiative constructive, others disagree; Chinese sovereign funds seen investing in world's latest emerging market By Doug Tsuruoka China’s State Council issued an Arctic white paper on January 26 outlining Beijing’s policy towards the region and how it intends to participate in developing what is becoming an increasingly important part of the world, … Continue reading ‘China’s new Arctic policy is defensive, not offensive’

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China keen on investing in offshore wind power park in Russia’s Arctic region

Karelian White Sea site; 'Polar Silk Road' connection Chinese energy construction firm Sinomec is keen on investing in an offshore wind power project in the White Sea being built by Russia’s Republic of Karelia. The Independent Barents Observer says the 60 MW wind park in Moscow’s Arctic region has an estimated price of 9 billion rubles … Continue reading China keen on investing in offshore wind power park in Russia’s Arctic region

India takes fight to China via SE Asia

Association of Southeast Asian Nations and India's newly announced 'Delhi Declaration' puts maritime security at the forefront of relations By Richard Javad Heydarian In what has been described as “the most significant exposition of its ‘Act East’ policy,” India invited Southeast Asian heads of state as its chief guests during its recent 69th Republic Day … Continue reading India takes fight to China via SE Asia

A man, a plan, a canal…Thailand?

Ex-top brass appeal to new King Vajiralongkorn to bless building the long-envisioned Kra canal; China is keen to start digging General Saiyud Kerdphol, the military engineer of Thailand’s winning Cold War-era anticommunism campaign, believes now is the time to build the Kra canal – a long-envisioned channel through the country’s southern isthmus that would connect … Continue reading A man, a plan, a canal…Thailand?

High hopes among Scandinavian backers of ‘Ice-Silk Road’ west

Report submitted on vital 'Arctic railroad' link that could be part of a 'maritime silk route in the north' By Doug Tsuruoka Editor at Large Supporters of an ambitious plan to build a railway between Rovaniemi in Finland and Kirkenes in Norway that would serve as an Arctic gateway for China’s Belt and Road project … Continue reading High hopes among Scandinavian backers of ‘Ice-Silk Road’ west