Asian States’ Arctic Approaches: Opportunities for Engagement
Roundtable in Asia Policy 18.1

Asian States’ Arctic Approaches
Opportunities for Engagement

Roundtable with Yoko Kamikawa, Hide Sakaguchi, Angela Wang, Jeffrey Reeves, Sakiko Hataya, Yitong Chen, and Hema Nadarajah
January 28, 2023

The essays in this roundtable examine the Arctic narratives, aims, and activities of China, Japan, and Singapore—three non-Arctic states with Arctic Council observer member status—and the position of Canada toward Asian states’ engagement with the Arctic, exploring how these states can contribute to greater international cooperation in the circumpolar region.


Prefatory Note: Arctic Collaboration
Yoko Kamikawa

Prefatory Note: Asian States and the Arctic Ocean
Hide Sakaguchi

Introduction: The Rise of Asian State Actors in the Arctic
Angela Wang

For Canada, Insularism Leads to a Lost Opportunity in the Arctic and Asia
Jeffrey Reeves

Japan’s Arctic Policy: Status and Future Prospects
Sakiko Hataya

China’s Arctic Policy and Engagement: Review and Prospects
Yitong Chen

An Arctic in Flux: Singapore’s Perspective
Hema Nadarajah

Yoko Kamikawa is a Member of the House of Representatives of Japan and the Chief Secretary of the Parliamentary League of Arctic Frontier Study (Japan).

Hide Sakaguchi is President of the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Japan).

Angela Wang is a Post-Graduate Research Scholar at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (Canada). Prior to joining Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, she conducted policy research for the United Nations Office in Nairobi, the Regional Municipality of York, and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

Jeffrey Reeves is the Vice-President of Research and Strategy for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (Canada). Prior to this, Dr. Reeves was the director of Asian Studies at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Sakiko Hataya is a Research Fellow at the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Japan). Her research is centered on the law of international organization and polar law as well as the functions of the Arctic Council.

Yitong Chen is an Associate Professor in the Law School of the Ocean University of China (China). Her research interests include polar law, law of the sea, and international environmental law.

Hema Nadarajah is a Post-Graduate Research Scholar with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, a consultant for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and a Senior Fellow at Arctic360 (Canada).