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Checking in on China's Nuclear Icebreaker
September 05, 2019

Checking in on China's Nuclear Icebreaker

By Trym Aleksander Eiterjord
Speculation has trailed the news that China’s first nuclear-powered icebreaker ship was in the works.

A Cold Arena? Greenland as a Focus of Arctic Competition
June 10, 2019

A Cold Arena? Greenland as a Focus of Arctic Competition

By Mingming Shi and Marc Lanteigne
Recent questions over the extent of China’s ambitions for Greenland deserve close scrutiny.
The Growing Institutionalization of China’s Polar Silk Road
October 07, 2018

The Growing Institutionalization of China’s Polar Silk Road

By Trym Aleksander Eiterjord
China is building an increasingly mature platform to support its scientific and commercial interests in the Arctic.

China Launches First Domestically Built Polar Icebreaker
September 11, 2018

China Launches First Domestically Built Polar Icebreaker

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Xuelong 2 launched on September 10 and is expected to be deployed next year.

China’s Polar Strategy: An Emerging Gray Zone?
July 06, 2018

China’s Polar Strategy: An Emerging Gray Zone?

By Rebecca Pincus
How China is positioning itself to wield influence in the Arctic and Antarctic.

China’s Arctic Ambitions in Alaska
April 20, 2018

China’s Arctic Ambitions in Alaska

By Ashley Feng and Sagatom Saha
To realize its aspirations as a polar power, China has turned to Alaska.

China’s Belt and Road: Where Does the Arctic Angle Stand?
September 22, 2017

China’s Belt and Road: Where Does the Arctic Angle Stand?

By Heidar Gudjonsson and Egill Thor Nielsson
Beijing has had an active few months of Arctic diplomacy.
Will Russia Arm Its Icebreaker Fleet With Supersonic Cruise Missiles?
May 23, 2017

Will Russia Arm Its Icebreaker Fleet With Supersonic Cruise Missiles?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The head of the U.S. Coast Guard claims that Russia’s new class of icebreakers will be fully-fledged warships.

China’s New Silk Road and the Arctic
May 20, 2017

China’s New Silk Road and the Arctic

By Nengye Liu
Could the Belt and Road extend to the Arctic region?

China's Belt and Road Enters the Arctic
March 31, 2017

China's Belt and Road Enters the Arctic

By Heidar Gudjonsson and Egill Thor Nielsson
The Arctic states could find much-needed funding for infrastructure improvements through China's Belt and Road.

$20 Million Contract: US Coast Guard Moves Forward With Icebreaker Acquisition
February 25, 2017

$20 Million Contract: US Coast Guard Moves Forward With Icebreaker Acquisition

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The service awarded multiple contracts for heavy polar icebreaker industry studies this week.
China Begins Construction of Polar Icebreaker
December 22, 2016

China Begins Construction of Polar Icebreaker

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The new vessel is expected to be commissioned in 2019.

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