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Antarctica icebergs

China’s expanding interests in Antarctica

By Anne-Marie Brady

This paper highlights some of China’s interests and activities in the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT), which include undeclared military activities and mineral exploration.

Such activity may be at odds with Australia’s strategic interests and potentially breach international law.

China is rapidly expanding its presence in a triangle-shaped area within the AAT that it calls the ‘East Antarctic Sector’, and has stated in policy documents that it reserves the right to make a claim in Antarctica.