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China as a Polar Great Power
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China has emerged as a member of the elite club of nations who are powerful at both global poles. Polar states are global giants, strong in military, scientific, and economic terms. The concept of a polar great power is relatively unknown in international relations studies; yet China, a rising power globally, is now widely using this term to categorize its aspirations and emphasize the significance of the polar regions to their national interests. China's focus on becoming a polar great power represents a fundamental re-orientation - a completely new way of imagining the world. China's push into these regions encompasses maritime and nuclear security, the frontlines of climate change research, and the possibility of a resources bonanza. As shown in this book, China's growing strength at the poles will be a game-changer for a number of strategic vulnerabilities that could shift the global balance of power in significant and unexpected ways.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Polar governance; 2. The Polar regions in China's national narrative; 3. China's geostrategic interests in the Polar regions; 4. The party-state-military-market nexus in China's Polar policymaking; 5. Evaluating China as a Polar power; 6. Cooperation or conflict? China's position on points of contention in the Polar regions; 7. From Polar great power to global power? Global governance implications of China's Polar interests; 8. The rise of a new great power.

About the Author

Anne-Marie Brady is Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and Global Fellow at the Wilson Centre, Washington DC. In 2014 she was appointed to a two-year term on the World Economic Forum's Global Action Council on the Arctic. She is editor-in-chief of The Polar Journal, and has published ten books and more than forty scholarly papers on a range of issues including China's modernised propaganda system, China's activities in the South Pacific, and competing foreign policy interests in Antarctica.

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'Using Chinese and non-Chinese sources, Brady (Univ. of Canterbury, New Zealand) has written the first comprehensive English book on China's policies toward the Arctic and Antarctic. Recommended.' Z. Zhu, Choice

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