China’s Arctic Ambitions and What They Mean for Canada is an in-depth studies of China’s increasing interest in the Arctic. It offers a holistic approach to understanding Chinese motivations and the potential impacts of greater Chinese presence in the circumpolar region, exploring resource development, shipping, scientific research, governance, and security.
Drawing on extensive research in Chinese government documentation, business and media reports, and current academic literature, this timely volume eschews the traditional assumption that Chinese actions are unified and monolithic in their approach to Arctic affairs. Instead, it offers a careful analysis of the different, and often competing, interests and priorities of Chinese government and industry.
Analyzing Chinese interests and activities from a Canadian perspective, the book provides an unparalleled point of reference to discuss the implications for the Canadian and broader circumpolar North.
About the authors
P. Whitney Lackenbauer is associate professor and chair of the Department of History at St. Jerome's University in the University of Waterloo, and a faculty associate with the LCMSDS.
Peter Kikkert recently completed his M.A. at the University of Waterloo and is a Ph.D. student in history at the University of Western Ontario.
Adam Lajeunesse is the Irving Shipbuilding Chair in Arctic Marine Security Policy at St. Francis Xavier University. He is a Research Associate at the Centre for Military, Strategic, and Security Studies and the Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary, and a fellow with the Centre on Foreign Policy and Federalism at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Lajeunesse is a regular lecturer at the NATO Defence College (Rome) and the Canadian Forces College (Toronto), as well as a frequent speaker on northern security issues for academic, government, and military audiences. He is the author of Lock, Stock and Icebergs (UBC Press) - a history of Canada’s Arctic maritime sovereignty.
Frédéric Lasserre is a professor of Geography at Laval University, Directeur du Centre Québécois d’Études géopolitiques and a research associate at Groupe d'études et de recherche sur l'Asie contemporaine.
James Manicom is a Research Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He is the author of Bridging Troubled Waters: China, Japan and Maritime Order in the East China Sea (Georgetown University Press).
Lackenbauer et al. effectively counter the most overheated rhetoric about China's Arctic interests?a solidly researched and through-provoking volume.
?John McCannon, Pacific Affairs
This book captures the multifaceted nature of the Arctic as scientific and security frontier and recognizes the complex dilemmas this region faces with sovereignty, security, and stewardship.
?Ellen A. Ahlness, American Review of Canadian Studies
A nuanced examination of the threats, and even potential benefits, that China’s Arctic interests could offer Canada . . . China’s Arctic Ambitions is able to elegantly strike a balance between being both highly informative and also enjoyable to read.
—Dean Coslovi, CDA Institute
China’s Arctic Ambitions should be a core textbook in any class which addresses Canada and the Arctic, including regional North American and North Pacific topics . . . well worth reading more than once, especially in light of current Canadian-Chinese relations.
—Ambjörn L. Adomeit, The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord
Other titles by P. Whitney Lackenbauer
People, Politics, and Purpose
Biography and Canadian Political History
The Joint Arctic Weather Stations
Science and Sovereignty in the High Arctic, 1946-1972
Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic
Canada’s Founding Debates, 1864-1999
Roots of Entanglement
Essays in the History of Native-Newcomer Relations
Navigating Northern Environmental History
A Historical and Legal Study of Sovereignty in the Canadian North
Terrestrial Sovereignty, 1870-1939
Blockades or Breakthroughs?
Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State
The Dundurn Arctic Culture and Sovereignty Library
Pike's Portage/Death Wins in the Arctic/Arctic Naturalist/Arctic Obsession/Arctic Twilight/Arctic Front/Canoeing North Into the Unknown/Arctic Revolution/In the Shadow of the Pole/Voices From the Odeyak
The Canadian Rangers
A Living History