China is stepping up its activities in a warming and changing Arctic Ocean Basin. While Beijing's interests and policy objectives there remain unclear, it is increasingly active and vocal on the international stage on issues concerning the region.
To that end, China is actively seeking to develop relationships with Arctic states and participate in multilateral organizations such as the Arctic Council. The region includes a rich basket of natural resources. The US Geological Survey estimates that 25% of the world's undiscovered hydrocarbon resources are found