Wilson Center Experts
Professor Anne-Marie Brady, BA, MA Auckland, PhD ANU is a specialist in Chinese and polar politics based at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She is a fluent Mandarin speaker, who specialises in Chinese and polar politics. She is editor-in-chief of The Polar Journal, and has written nine books and over forty scholarly articles on topics ranging from China’s modern propaganda system, foreigner-management in China and competing foreign policy interests in Antarctica. Her latest monograph examines China’s polar policies.
Climate change, the changing global balance of power and energy needs has led to renewed interest in the polar regions by many states. China has interests in both the Antarctic and the Arctic. Beijing’s annual spend on polar expeditions has tripled in the last ten years and it is making a massive investment in polar-related infrastructure. The overall goal of China’s current five year polar plan is to increase China’s “status and influence” in polar affairs in order to better protect China’s “polar rights.” Many observers speculate that China’s increased polar activities may challenge the interests of other polar states. Such concerns are linked to a wider debate about China’s international behaviour around questions such as whether or not China is a “reluctant stakeholder” in the international system and whether China will continue to support current international norms as it becomes more dominant.
Anne-Marie Brady discusses Chinese involvement in the polar regions:
- “Diplomatic Chill: Will Politics Trump Science in Antarctica?,” World Politics Review, March 19, 2013
- “Polar Stakes: China’s Polar Activities as a Benchmark for Intentions,” China Brief, July 2012.
- The Emerging Politics of Antarctica, Routledge Publishers, 2013, 264 pp.