Shaping China’s engagement with the Arctic: nationalist narratives and geopolitical reality

Wu, F ORCID: 2022, 'Shaping China’s engagement with the Arctic: nationalist narratives and geopolitical reality' , Journal of Contemporary China .

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Nationalist narratives and geopolitical reality have played an opposite role in shaping China’s engagement with the Arctic, with the former pushing it forward while the latter pushing it back. Specifically, Chinese nationalist narratives on strong feelings of love for and pride in the Chinese nation not only initiated but also facilitated China’s engagement with the Arctic. Moreover, the ‘China Dream’, an official narrative put forward by the Chinese President Xi Jinping, has driven the country to undertake proactive measures to engage with the Arctic, among others, including self-ascribing China as a ‘Near-Arctic State’ and self-designating the ‘Polar Silk Road’. In stark contrast, however, the geopolitical reality featured by Arctic countries’ policies to push back China’s activities in this region has stymied its ambition to attain great power status in the Arctic.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Contemporary China
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1067-0564
Depositing User: F Wu
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2022 08:03
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2022 08:15

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