part 2 Polar Oceans Governance <UN> The Melting Ice and the Transforming Arctic Ocean Rob Huebert Department of Political Science, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada In the summer of 1999, residents of the Canadian Arctic town of Tukt - oyak tuk in the Northwest Territories were surprised to note the presence of a large vessel anchored off their shor 1 They w e. ere even more surprised to find z -odi acs filled with Chinese visitors coming ashore. The Chinese ice-strengthened research vessel Xue Long (translated as Snow Dragon) was engaged in its first research trip in northern Canadian waters. Unknown to most Canadians - , Chi na had decided that it needed to develop its scientific understanding of the Polar regions.2 Chinese officials informed Canadian officials they wished to visit this area prior to the actual voyage, but the notification they were coming did not necessarily get to all Canadian officials on the 3 gr Thus ound. , there was substantial surprise in Canada to see Chinese scientists in the Arctic on a very large Chinese icebreaker. But in many ways, this scene represents the tr - ansfor mation that is creating a “new” Arctic Ocean. Of
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