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Issue Brief III: India and China in the Arctic; By Dr. Shailesh Nayak

Updated: Mar 3, 2023

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Issue Brief: 03 / 2023

C3S launches its Issue Brief initiative. An issue brief is a summary of the knowledge surrounding an issue or a problem. It summarizes the issue by giving clear, concise, and complete information describing all facets of a particular issue including a detailed illustration in the form of images, data, and facts. It also includes recommendations for action and predictions on the future course of an issue.


India and China, though non-Arctic states, have been active in the Arctic region. Both these countries were granted an ‘Observer’ status in the Arctic Council, a forum of all Arctic nations. India’s prime interest in Arctic is scientific as the changing climate can affect its monsoonal pattern and impact its food security. China’s main interest is strategic and economic development of Arctic as well as climate change and has clear policy on these aspects. India is in process of formulating its policy; it has already prepared a draft. Various aspects of India and China’s engagements in Arctic have been discussed. The development of the Arctic should be for a global good, while preserving its environment.

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C3S Issue Brief III - Dr Shailesh Nayak
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(Dr. Shailesh Nayak is currently Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies, and Distinguished Scientist in the Ministry of Earth Sciences. The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the views of C3S)

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