China’s engagement in Greenland: mutual economic benefits and political non-interference

  • Chuan Chen Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Keywords: Political independence, economic development, Denmark, neo-colonialism, sovereignty


With China becoming more active in Greenland, worries abound that China might have hidden intentions. Despite that, the Greenlandic government is showing an increasing interest in deepening its cooperation with China. This article explores Greenland’s motivation behind its positive attitude towards China and examines whether China will be a threat to Greenland’s independence. For Greenland, China is both a deep-pocketed investor and a huge consumer market, especially in the mining, fishing and tourism industries. Greenland, therefore, views China as an important partner in its economic development, which is necessary for its independence from Denmark. Considering China’s relationship with Denmark, its foreign policy and its affairs vis-à-vis Tibet, Xinjiang and Taiwan, it is not in China’s interest to interfere with any affairs related to Greenland’s independence.


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How to Cite
Chen C. (2022). China’s engagement in Greenland: mutual economic benefits and political non-interference. Polar Research, 41.