Gary Sands

Gary Sands

Gary Sands is a senior analyst at Wikistrat, a crowdsourced consultancy, and a director at Highway West Capital advisers. A former diplomat with the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation, he is now based in Taipei.

Latest from Gary Sands

Opinion | JPMorgan may be on slippery slope over Taiwan name game

JPMorgan Chase joins other brands forced by Beijing to censor, or self-censor, any political views concerning Taiwan’s de facto independence as a condition for doing business with China

21 Sep 2019 - 8:06PM

JPMorgan Chase joins other brands forced by Beijing to censor, or self-censor, any political views concerning Taiwan’s de facto independence as a condition for doing business with China

JPMorgan may be on slippery slope over Taiwan name game
The View | How China’s Belt and Road Initiative could lead Vietnam away from renewable energy and towards coal

Even as China turns away from coal-fired power domestically, its financial institutions continue to fund coal plants overseas, including in countries like Vietnam, which have great potential for wind and solar power generation.

11 Jun 2019 - 10:29PM

Even as China turns away from coal-fired power domestically, its financial institutions continue to fund coal plants overseas, including in countries like Vietnam, which have great potential for wind and solar power generation.

How China’s Belt and Road Initiative could lead Vietnam away from renewable energy and towards coal
Opinion | Even with US help, Taiwan is fighting a losing battle against China to keep its friends and influence

Taiwan might struggle to turn the tide of allies abandoning it for China, even with help from the US. Beijing is simply making its new friends more generous offers than Taipei and Washington can match.

13 Sep 2018 - 7:47PM

Taiwan might struggle to turn the tide of allies abandoning it for China, even with help from the US. Beijing is simply making its new friends more generous offers than Taipei and Washington can match.

Even with US help, Taiwan is fighting a losing battle against China to keep its friends and influence
Chinese leaders still have a firm grip on policy despite stock market jitters
Crackdown on foreign NGOs is not in China's own interests
China's corrupt officials must be denied an overseas haven

In an ongoing crackdown on corruption, the Ministry of Public Security recently announced a policy to encourage reporting on "dual citizens" - people who obtain citizenship in another country yet still maintain their Chinese citizenship and benefits.

17 Sep 2014 - 5:43PM

In an ongoing crackdown on corruption, the Ministry of Public Security recently announced a policy to encourage reporting on "dual citizens" - people who obtain citizenship in another country yet still maintain their Chinese citizenship and benefits.

China's corrupt officials must be denied an overseas haven
Are Chinese students smarter or is testing system rigged in their favour?

The results of the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) again reveal Shanghai's 15-year-old students as the smartest in the world in reading, maths and science, coming out ahead of Hong Kong and Singapore.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

The results of the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) again reveal Shanghai's 15-year-old students as the smartest in the world in reading, maths and science, coming out ahead of Hong Kong and Singapore.

Are Chinese students smarter or is testing system rigged in their favour?
Ethics added to portfolio of Chinese overseas investments

Long viewed as a "client state" of China, Myanmar's precious resources have for years been auctioned off to the hungry dragon next door. Indeed, China was Myanmar's only significant dance partner, following the trade sanctions imposed on Western firms in response to human rights abuses by Myanmar's junta.

29 Jul 2013 - 3:51AM

Long viewed as a "client state" of China, Myanmar's precious resources have for years been auctioned off to the hungry dragon next door. Indeed, China was Myanmar's only significant dance partner, following the trade sanctions imposed on Western firms in response to human rights abuses by Myanmar's junta.

Ethics added to portfolio of Chinese overseas investments
China must stem tide of migrants who flout the law in Africa

The arrest and eventual repatriation of some 200 Chinese nationals working as illegal gold miners in Ghana has led many people to again question the benefits of China's involvement on the African continent.

10 Jul 2013 - 4:01AM

The arrest and eventual repatriation of some 200 Chinese nationals working as illegal gold miners in Ghana has led many people to again question the benefits of China's involvement on the African continent.

China must stem tide of migrants who flout the law in Africa
Xi gives reform advocates cause for hope