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On January 26, 2018, the State Council Information Office of China published a white paper titled, “China’s Arctic Policy,” which is the state’s first official Arctic policy. In it, China states that it “is an active participant, builder and contributor in Arctic affairs” and that the purpose of the paper is “to expound its basic positions on Arctic affairs, to elaborate on its policy goals, basic principles and major policies and positions regarding its engagement in Arctic affairs, . . . and to work with the international community to safeguard and promote peace and stability in, and the sustainable development of, the Arctic.” The paper states that China “prioritizes law-based governance and international cooperation, and commits itself to maintaining a peaceful, secure and stable Arctic order.” The policy goals listed include exploration and understanding of the Arctic, protecting the environment and addressing climate change, using Arctic resources lawfully, participating in Arctic governance, and promoting peace and stability in the Arctic.