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Many countries and organizations have been seeking the membership in the Arctic Council. Whether observer status should be granted to a larger number of applicants?

Asked by: leo_zach
Many countries and organizations have been seeking the membership in the Arctic Council. Whether observer status should be granted to a larger number of applicants?
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  • I think - definitely not

    If we take into account the great importance and sensitivity of this
    issue for the Arctic countries, the points are:
    Observers are mainly not interested in harmonious and comprehensive
    development of the region and are pursuing only own goals instead (example,
    China).
    Non-Arctic actors can come out in a united front and thus challenge the ‘genuine’
    Arctic countries (e.G. Consolidated stand of China, South Korea, and Japan on High
    North issues).
    The Arctic Council membership can be used by observers as an advantage in
    economic or political disputes they have with their neighbors (e.G. Territorial
    disputes between China and Japan).
    When the number of observers reaches certain limit they can try to change the
    rules in the Arctic Council (to demand the right to vote, for example).


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