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China & the Arctic: A View to 2050
From Thursday 22 April 2021
To Friday 23 April 2021
Location Online

The University of Hong Kong's Department of Geography is pleased to invite you to attend a Symposium on 22 & 23 April (Thursday & Friday) as follows:

22 April 2021 (Thursday) 16:30-17:45 HKT

Panel Discussion:

Hong Kong’s Arctic Connections

Mixed mode (Face-to-face in Map Library + via Zoom)


Mr. Mark AGNEW

Outdoor and extreme sports editor, SCMP

Planning to row the Northwest Passage in 2022

Mr. CHU Kee-duen

Sailed from Hong Kong to the Northwest Passage in 2016


Guided two Chinese tourist expeditions to the South Pole and one to the North Pole

Dr. Rebecca WONG

Department of Social & Behavioural Sciences, City University of Hong Kong

Expert in mammoth and elephant ivory trade



Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong


Join us for a discussion panel featuring scholars and practitioners in Hong Kong with a wide range of polar experiences and plans, from sailing and rowing the Northwest Passage to guiding Chinese tourists in Antarctica. Mr CHU Kee Duen, an experienced sailor, will share experiences and photographs from his voyage from Hong Kong to the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic in 2016, which made him the first Hong Kong Chinese to ever sail through its treacherous waters. Mr Mark AGNEW, Outdoor and Extreme Sports Editor at the South China Morning Post, will reveal his plans to row the same passage in 2022, while also delving into the climate change that will make his journey more feasible than ever before. Dr Pavel TOROPOV, a freelance writer based in the HKU Research Division of Ecology and Biodiversity and School of Biological Sciences, will reflect on his time guiding Chinese tourists to the North and South Poles. Dr WONG Rebecca Wing-Yee will offer her insights into the mammoth ivory trade and how this little-studied industry connects Hong Kong to Siberia and beyond.

The panel is a featured event within the China and the Arctic: A View to 2050 symposium jointly organized by the University of Hong Kong and Nanjing University. Funding for the symposium has been generously provided by the University Grants Committee’s Research Grants Council. The symposium is also a part of the UArctic Thematic Network on the Arctic in Asia, Asia in the Arctic. Please find more information about the symposium here:

Panel Registration: Registration (in person) is first-come-first served and the quota is only available for 15 persons. When the quota is full, participants will be invited to attend via Zoom.


23 April 2021 (Friday) 09:30-17:30 HKT

Science Sessions

Mixed mode (Face-to-face in HKU Meng Wah 103 + via Zoom)

09:30-09:45  Opening remarks: China looks to the Arctic

09:45-11:05  The Arctic Ocean: Past, present & future

11:30-12:50  Chinese science & forecasting in Greenland and the Arctic

14:00-15:00  Climate change and governance in the Third Pole

15:15-16:35  China's northern gaze: Geopolitics, economics, & imaginaries

16:45-17:30  Extending the Polar Silk Road: Future directions for collaboration & publication

For registration and more information, please visit

Thursday 22 April 2021

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