WEAI Senior Research Scholar Elizabeth Wishnick published a March 15, 2018 article titled “The Sino-Russian Partnership in the Arctic” on the China Policy Institute blog. Dr. Wishnick is a Professor of Political Science at Montclair State University.
“Climate change may make the Northern Sea Route ice-free and remove the legal basis for Russia’s claim to jurisdiction as well as its ability to serve as gatekeeper to China’s Arctic ambitions,” Dr. Wishnick writes. “If sanctions are removed, Russia will be able to access Western financing for its Arctic projects and need China less. Moreover, China may encounter blowback to its infrastructure plans for Northern Europe, making it a less desirable investment partner in the Arctic region as a whole. For now, however, Sino-Russian cooperation is breathing life into their economic relationship and supporting their strategic alignment.”
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