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Asian nations push for permanent observer status on Arctic Council

Asian nations push for permanent observer status on Arctic Council

Updated 20 December 2012, 14:09 AEST

China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea are pushing to become permanent observers on the Arctic Council, seen as the key body influencing Arctic affairs.

The Arctic Council started in 1996 and was mainly concerned with coordinating the protection of the environment and the rights of indigenous peoples but has become an increasingly political institution as melting ice opens the prospect of new trade routes and oil and gas exploration.

The eight permanent members of the Arctic Council are Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, the United States, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Linda Jakobson, East Asia Program Director, Lowy Institute

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