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Arctic Council

When China became a permanent observer of the Arctic Council in 2014, the world was curious as to how their geopolitical influence would play out in the region. In 2018, China announced their arctic strategy in what is known as the “Polar Silk Road,” setting out to fulfil two main goals: ensure that they have access to commercial opportunities in the Arctic and to build enforcement mechanisms for perceived rights and claims in the region. In this committee, delegates will discuss the implications of China’s involvement in the Arctic Circle, and what it means for their growing geopolitical power not only in the region but across the world. Delegates will consider UNCLOS, the involvement of China in regions such as the South China Sea, and what the future of international governance will look like if China continues to maintain a presence in the Arctic.