China and the Arctic

Invited by the Polar Research Institute of China in Shanghai (PRIC), the Norwegian Consul General Mr. Øyvind Stokke and his colleague Ge Lingfei (Fei) attended the seminar on China-Nordic polar cooperation hosted by the China-Nordic Arctic Research Centre (CNARC) on 14 April 2016.


The seminar was organized by PRIC, joined by Chinese researches and scholars from PRIC, SIIS, and Tongji University, as well as representatives from the Nordic, US, Canadian and Russian consulates general in Shanghai. During the seminar, invited guests discussed several issues re China’s contribution in Arctic research and Sino-Nordic collaborations in this field. PRIC also presented their goals for the forthcoming CNARC meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland in June.

After the seminar, the invited guests took an excursion to Xue Long, China’s only icebreaker and research base for Arctic/Antarctica expeditions, which just had arrived Shanghai.

Consul General Mr. Øyvind Stokke:

“It was amazing to see the Chinese polar research and ice breaker Xue Long. Earlier today I got an update on Chinese polar research and Sino-Nordic corporation on important Arctic issues related to natural science, social sciences, and businesses in the Arctic. I am thankful to the PRIC for arranging this informative day. Also, good luck to the ship, its crew and researchers for its 7th expedition to the Arctic this July.”

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