Asian Futures: China's Satellites and Global Governance in the Arctic

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Mia Bennett
October 7, 2021
3:30PM - 5:00PM
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Hagerty 198/Zoom

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Add to Calendar 2021-10-07 15:30:00 2021-10-07 17:00:00 Asian Futures: China's Satellites and Global Governance in the Arctic China's Liftoff: Satellites as Enabling Technology in Global Governance Mia Bennett (University of Washington) China has expanded its scientific capabilities in the Arctic with research stations and icebreakers. Yet little attention has been paid to the country’s growing remote sensing capabilities. China launched its first polar observing satellite in 2019. Next year, it will launch SAR satellites to monitor Arctic shipping. While these satellites allow Beijing to gather information about a distant region, they also constitute a technology permitting it to participate in this critical region’s emerging governance. As remote sensing and computationally-intensive techniques become preferred decision-making tools within global governance, and as China becomes a key producer of valuable satellite data, its ability to intervene in the region is likely to grow. This paper will examine the origins and implications of this historical shift in Arctic governance. Register to attend in person here. Register to attend via Zoom here. **This event is free and open to the public.** This event will be presented with automated closed captions through Zoom. If you wish to request traditional CART services or other accommodations, please contact huminst@osu.edu. Requests made by about 10 days before the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date. Effective Aug. 2, students, faculty, staff and visitors to all Ohio State campuses and medical facilities are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Masks continue to be required outdoors for unvaccinated individuals when they cannot maintain physical distancing. Vaccinated people are not required to mask outdoors. The Asian Futures Project is funded by a generous grant from the Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme. Hagerty 198/Zoom Humanities Institute huminst@osu.edu America/New_York public
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China's Liftoff: Satellites as Enabling Technology in Global Governance

Mia Bennett (University of Washington)

China has expanded its scientific capabilities in the Arctic with research stations and icebreakers. Yet little attention has been paid to the country’s growing remote sensing capabilities. China launched its first polar observing satellite in 2019. Next year, it will launch SAR satellites to monitor Arctic shipping. While these satellites allow Beijing to gather information about a distant region, they also constitute a technology permitting it to participate in this critical region’s emerging governance. As remote sensing and computationally-intensive techniques become preferred decision-making tools within global governance, and as China becomes a key producer of valuable satellite data, its ability to intervene in the region is likely to grow. This paper will examine the origins and implications of this historical shift in Arctic governance.

Register to attend in person here.

Register to attend via Zoom here.

**This event is free and open to the public.**

This event will be presented with automated closed captions through Zoom. If you wish to request traditional CART services or other accommodations, please contact huminst@osu.edu. Requests made by about 10 days before the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Effective Aug. 2, students, faculty, staff and visitors to all Ohio State campuses and medical facilities are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Masks continue to be required outdoors for unvaccinated individuals when they cannot maintain physical distancing. Vaccinated people are not required to mask outdoors.

The Asian Futures Project is funded by a generous grant from the Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme.