Zhao Long
Senior Fellow
Center for Russian & Central Asia Studies
Institute for Global Governance Studies Assistant Director
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Jan 05 2017
ARCTIC GOVERNANCE PARADIGM AND THE ROLE OF CHINA
By Zhao Long
Arctic Multilevel governance China’s role

The changing environment in the Arctic has had great impact on the global ecosystem and socio-economic activities. Th is paper emphasizes that the multilevel paradigm of Arctic governance is a manifestation of collective action in dealing with common challenges at global level. At the regional level, the Rovaniemi process seeks a common identity from a wide range of actors, encouraging them to provide public goods whilst protecting the exclusiveness of their interests. Th e Ilulissat process at the sub-regional level is in pursuit of centralizing the cooperation among state actors, facilitating internal consultation over specifi c disputes and exclusive jurisdictional restriction. Th is paper also argues that China, as a major stakeholder in Arctic governance, has demonstrated its capacity to improve the governance structure at global, regional and sectorial levels displaying its willingness to become a practitioner of scientifi c cooperation, a pioneer of ecosystem and environmental protection, a contributor to the development of shipping and a promoter of the development of indigenous communities.


Source of documents:Вестник СПбГУ. Сер. 6. 2016. Вып. 2