In its first Arctic policy white paper, China has dubbed itself a “near-Arctic state,” as an important stakeholder that is impacted by changes in the Arctic.

Improved infrastructure and connectivity in the region is likely to see more Chinese tourism, and consequentially, more Chinese tourist revenue. As international travel in China is reaching the mainstream for its middle and upper-middle class, a trip to the Arctic is an experience that solidifies status as a world traveller. In Antarctica, China is already the second-largest source of visitors, and in the Arctic, they represent 25-50% of annual visits.

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