Arctic News Roundup: 27 April – 3 May

Keflavik Airport, Iceland [Photo by Marc Lanteigne]
by Mingming Shi

1) Marc Lanteigne, Chief Editor at Over the Circle, commented on the identity diplomacy of China in Arctic affairs for the Arctic Institute. This piece explained how Beijing has been utilising the concept of being a ‘near-Arctic state’ and how it has been building up its relations with the Arctic states, via the ‘Polar Silk Road’ and other related investments.

2) A fact sheet entitled One Health was released by the Arctic Council. The document describes the primary risks imposed on people and fauna in the High North region, such as climate change, and consequently food security.

3) According to the Iceland Review, Iceland is anticipating a higher number of local tourists than foreign visitors for the upcoming summer, due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the world and the temporary cuts of most flights from and to Iceland. In recent years, the country has become a popular holiday destination for international travellers, which has not only brought considerable economic boost but also environmental pressure. Iceland is preparing for welcoming domestic tourism and offering educational tours for citizens. 

4)An Introduction to Icelandic Politics‘, written by Mingming Shi, Associate Editor for OtC, was published on the blog. The article introduces an overview of the founding of Iceland as an independent state, the political leaders of the country, the election system, and diplomatic ties.

5) This month we have presented five pieces for the Arctic News Roundup. Mingming and Marc would like to thank you for your readership!