China, defence strategy & drilling: Arctic week in Review

A worker in front of a blast furnace at an iron and steel factory in China. (China Photos/Getty Images)
A worker in front of a blast furnace at an iron and steel factory in China. (China Photos/Getty Images)
On this week’s news round-up, we bring you some of your most read stories on Eye on the Arctic this week:

– Blogger Mia Bennett takes a two-part look at China in the Arctic. Part 1 examines China’s activities in the Arctic over the last 12 months. Part 2 takes an in-depth look at China’s mining and housing interests in the North.

-The U.S. secretary of defense says that with Russia boosting its military in the North, it’s time for the U.S. to develop an Arctic military strategy of its own.

-Finland participates in NATO crisis management exercises

-Sanctions against Russia continue to affect Arctic drilling projects

-And in Finland’s Arctic, Asian tourists are giving the region a post-Christmas boom

That’s all from us for now! We’ll be back next week with more news and newsmakers from across the North.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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