Climatic changes and their effects in the Arctic have revealed the need for significant adjustments to the existing Arctic governance system. One example of this is the growing interest by Asian states, which are normally considered as Arctic “outsiders.” Existing research asserts that Asian states are mostly interested in the economic aspect of the changing Arctic, be it vast deposits of mineral sources, fossil sources, or the opening of the new sea routes, with an underlying assumption that they take a Machiavellian approach in their international relations. On the contrary, I argue that the relation of Asian states and the Arctic is much more complex and dynamic, grounded on their unique perspective on national security and the role of economic development in securing their national interests.


The Arctic Climate change Arctic Council East Asia Non-Arctic observers Economic diplomacy 


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  1. 1.Nordic Institute of Asian StudiesUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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