China eyeing energy-rich Russian Arctic | Russia Beyond The Headlines ASIA

The current international regime in the Arctic affords certain privileges to the countries that have an Arctic coast. A revision of that regime in favour of international bodies could have unwelcome consequences for those countries, especially Russia.
For example, if the Arctic territories are given the status of “common heritage of mankind”, such a change would legitimize China’s insistent demands to be given a greater role in the North.
Beijing is already projecting its great-power ambitions and plans towards the Arctic.

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