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  • Events | 20 October, 2011 (16:48)

    China and the Race to Exploit the Warming Arctic

    The time of the FCCC speaker event on Friday, October 28, has been changed. “China and the Race to Exploit the Warming Arctic” will now run from 12 noon to 1:30.

    One inevitable impact of global warming is greater Arctic melting. Nations are now staking claims to vast Arctic resources—oil, gas and minerals—that will soon be within reach. What role can China play in the Arctic? How can the Arctic’s fragile environment be protected? Danish Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen will present Denmark’s new Strategy for the Arctic and explain why China is an important player in the Arctic.

    Political scientist Damien Degeorges will follow with an overview of the role of Greenland, a vast territory with considerable hydropower potential and deposits of rare earth elements. He will also talk about the relationship between China and Greenland and ways to improve it in the field of climate change.

    DATE: October 28, 2011 (Friday)
    TIME: 12:00-1:30pm
    VENUE: Embassy of Denmark, San Li Tun, Dong Wu Jie 1, 中国北京三里屯东五街1号, Tel.: +86 (10) 8532 9900
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members
    RESERVATION: at fcccadmin@gmail.com.

    Before his posting to Beijing, Friis Arne Petersen was Ambassador of Denmark to the United States. He holds a Master Degree in economics from University of Copenhagen and lectures and writes frequently on foreign policy.

    Damien Degeorges is a junior researcher at the French Institute of Strategic Research (IRSEM) and an associated researcher with China-SEC, Centre for Military Studies at University of Copenhagen. He wrote the blog “The Arctic Denmark“.