Matthew Willis is a Research Associate at the Royal United Services Institute, where he focuses on the Arctic as a region of emerging strategic importance. Matthew attended the University of Toronto, Paris-I and the London School of Economics. In 2013, he was awarded the Marvin Gelber Essay Prize for foreign policy analysis by a young scholar.
It is not fashionable, these days, to downplay China’s interest in the Arctic. Recent news that Beijing plans to publish a guidebook on Arctic shipping, that China will receive preferential