The China-Nordic Arctic Research Center was set up on 10 December 2013 in Shanghai.
The center is an expansion of a previous cooperation mechanism between China and Iceland.
The center will also focus on international cooperation on climate change, resources, shipping, economic cooperation, as well as policy and legislative issues in the Arctic.
Yang said that global warming has accelerated ice melting in the Arctic region, opening opportunities to develop its abundant resources and open new navigation routes.
The center will organize research on chosen topics, host seminars, offer scholarship and allowance to researchers and promote exchanges and information sharing between China and Nordic countries, Yang added.