China-Arctic relations: Opportunities and challenges

Roundtable session at 2018 NNC conference Asia on the Move, 6 November 2018

The Arctic region has been increasingly exposed to global engagement and is becoming a new “hot spot” of international relations. In January 2018, China released its first White Paper on Arctic Policy, which demonstrates its increasing interest and role consciousness in Arctic cooperation. While this is partly driven by China’s scientific curiosity, commercial activities as well as interconnectivity initiatives, it also reflects a concern over the rapid climate change in this region

Based on recent research by the invited speakers, this roundtable addressed these multifaceted dynamics and implications of China-Arctic relations in a changing global order.

The first part of the roundtable discussion featured brief presentations by the following five panelists. In the second part of the session, the floor was opened for discussion between all participants.

  • Yang Jiang, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS)

  • Jesper Zeuthen, Assistant Professor, Aalborg University

  • Lau Blaxekjær, Postdoc Researcher, NIAS

  • Tao Ding, Young Research Associate Professor, Fudan University

  • Tone Bleie, Professor, UiT

The papers presented in the first part of the session will inform the base of a policy report under the Nordic-China Cooperation Research Council project, initiated by NIAS and the Fudan Centre, which will inform scholars, policy makers and stakeholders on contemporary dynamics in the relationship between the Nordic region and China.

The roundtable was organised by the Fudan Centre in collaboration with NIAS and the University of Tromsø (UiT). It was chaired by Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, Professor, UiT.

The proceedings of the roundtable were summarized in a report, which can be accessed here.


Asia on the Move was the 11th Annual Nordic NIAS Council (NNC) Conference and PhD Course.
This year, it was organized in collaboration with Centre for Peace Studies, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway.

Read more on NNC through this link.
Go through this link for the Asia on the Move website.

First Workshop on Strengthening Nordic–China Cooperation: Country specific perspectives and issue-based analyses

The Fudan Centre and NIAS have received funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers to research multiple facets of Nordic-China cooperation, and to inform stakeholders and policy makers of relevant developments to this budding form of national-regional cooperation.

Partners from the Nordic countries and China have been asked to join us in this project by contributing policy analyses and country-specific perspectives to the cooperation. The workshop held on Monday 26 November was an opportunity for contributors to the project to engage in discussions and gain new insights to their thinking of the matter.


The decision to advance Nordic-China cooperation was announced following a meeting between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and the Nordic Council of Ministers in May 2017. The two partiesdecided to work together to strengthen existing cooperation and develop new initiatives, so as to overall strengthen and advance Nordic-China cooperation to the benefit of both parties.

Specifically, the following areas will be prioritized:

1. Entrepreneurship and business. The two sides will strengthen cooperation and enhance collaboration in green growth, maritime economy and bio-economy.

2. Sustainable development. In view of the Nordic countries’ advantage and China’s needs, the two sides will strengthen cooperation in energy conservation, emission reduction, clean energy and the development of green and eco-smart cities.

3. Science, research and education. The two sides will leverage existing cooperation and platforms such as the Sino-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium, and further explore possibilities for exchanges.

4. People-to-people exchanges. The two sides will improve the existing cooperation platforms such as the Sino-Nordic Young Champions Forum and the Sino-Nordic Think Tank Roundtable, and strengthen cooperation in such fields as sports, culture, arts and tourism.

5. Welfare solutions. The two sides will increase exchanges and cooperation in the areas of public health, population ageing and labor market policies.

Excerpt from Joint Press Release Strengthening Sino-Nordic Cooperation.


Pre-Shanghai Forum 2018: China-EU Relations in a Changing World Order

On May 7 and 8, the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies held its annual pre-Shanghai Forum. Under the overarching theme ‘China-EU relations and Sino-Nordic Cooperation’, this year’s pre-Shanghai Forum featured a number of events, including a forum on ‘China-EU relations in a Changing World Order’ and a policy brief session at the Nordic Council of Ministers, with talks by Prof. Song Xinning (China Director, BACES) and Prof. Chen Zhimin (Vice President, Fudan University).

Understanding Asia 2018

From February 12-16, the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies along with NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Nansen Academy co-arranged the 2018 Understanding Asia course, which took place at Nansen Academy in Lillehammer, Norway. Held annually since 2013, the course features five days of lectures and activities to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the cultural, political, and economic elements shaping today’s Asia.