The rise of China and the Antarctic Treaty System?

Nengye Liu*

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This paper examines three dimensions of China’s rise in Antarctica: (1) history (2) activities; and (3) governance. Historically, China was missing in Antarctic affairs for long time. Over the past four decades, as a reflection of China’s rapid economic growth after the adoption of ‘Open Door' policy, Chinese activities in the Antarctic can be seen as rising, especially in science, fisheries and tourism. Nevertheless, this paper argues that rather than having a secret agenda to pursue, China is still shaping up its general Antarctic policy. China’s capacity to advance its interests within the Antarctic Treaty System is not significant either. After defining what China’s rise in Antarctica is, the paper provides some suggestions regarding Australia’s China strategy in Antarctica in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-131
Number of pages12
JournalAustralian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Australia
  • China
  • Antarctica


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