The Canadian government has purchased a strategically significant aircraft hangar in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, for $8.6 million. This acquisition, critical for continental air-defense infrastructure, underscores growing national security concerns over foreign interest, particularly from China and Russia, in the Arctic region. These nations’ activities in the Arctic pose significant risks to Canadian security, with top military officials warning that China aims to become a polar great power by 2030 and Russia is significantly bolstering its military presence in the area.

Reports indicate Chinese diplomats, identified as members of the People’s Liberation Army, and Russian activities have raised alarms about espionage and surveillance.