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China's Aurora Observatory under construction in Iceland.

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Journal Article - The Polar Journal

Science Diplomacy for Stronger Bilateral Relations? The Role of Arctic Science in Iceland’s Relations with Japan and China

| May 19, 2024

This paper presents a comparative study which explores the history of the two Arctic research projects by China and Japan, as well as their execution and reception. The findings demonstrate that the Japanese case is a purely science-focused collaboration devoid of science diplomacy, while in the Chinese case, science has been used as a tool to facilitate more strategic diplomatic goals