China has joined the influx of new Antarctic players and is seeking to increase its status and influence on the Earth’s last unexploited continent. It is building its fourth research station and planning a fifth and is increasing its presence ‘to protect its polar rights’, according to China's Arctic and Antarctic administration. China has clearly signalled its interest in the region – but its long-term goals are not entirely clear to Western observers.

<i>Since 2008, China has ramped-up its scientific research activities in the Antarctic and its engagement in the region. Most of the ultimate goals of Beijing’s Antarctic policy can only be guessed. But at the very least, China s...

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Dr. James Jay Carafano
'China is playing a long game in Antarctica, as are a number of other states such as Korea, India, Russia, who have explicitly stated their interest in Antarctic mineral resources'
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