Sam Olsen

Sam Olsen

Sam Olsen is the co-founder of the strategic consultancy MetisAsia and the author of What China Wants. A former managing director at Kroll, he first visited China in 1996 and has lived in both Hong Kong and Singapore. He has also contributed to UK policy on foreign and trade affairs. Twitter: @samolsenx

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Opinion | China or the US? Why Southeast Asia cannot stay neutral forever

Almost every nation in Southeast Asia is internally split between those favouring Beijing and those preferring Washington. If conflict does erupt, internal politics and assumptions of fealty are likely to force the hand of regional leaders.

Almost every nation in Southeast Asia is internally split between those favouring Beijing and those preferring Washington. If conflict does erupt, internal politics and assumptions of fealty are likely to force the hand of regional leaders.

23 Jul 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | To lead, China must learn how to win friends and stop coming across as a bully

As the Sweden example shows, Beijing’s way of dealing with criticism is eroding its soft power. China needs to avoid alienating other countries and learn how to influence people if it is to cement its place at the top.

As the Sweden example shows, Beijing’s way of dealing with criticism is eroding its soft power. China needs to avoid alienating other countries and learn how to influence people if it is to cement its place at the top.

22 Dec 2020 - 2:32AM
Opinion | As the US retreats in a coronavirus-ravaged world, China is increasing its influence on the world stage

In recent years, the US has been withdrawing from the international system, while China has been taking on a greater role. Covid-19 has heightened this trend, with China’s pledges of assistance standing in stark contrast to American isolationism.

In recent years, the US has been withdrawing from the international system, while China has been taking on a greater role. Covid-19 has heightened this trend, with China’s pledges of assistance standing in stark contrast to American isolationism.

29 Oct 2020 - 5:59AM
The View | Instead of targeting TikTok and WeChat, the US should work on an alternative to China’s digital silk road

From fibre-optic cables to health care connectivity in emerging markets, China’s digital silk road enables the country to gain both influence and commercial benefit. The US has been making headlines opposing Chinese firms worldwide but offers no comparable programme.

From fibre-optic cables to health care connectivity in emerging markets, China’s digital silk road enables the country to gain both influence and commercial benefit. The US has been making headlines opposing Chinese firms worldwide but offers no comparable programme.

15 Oct 2020 - 4:10PM
Opinion | The maths behind Britain’s Huawei U-turn and pivot to the Indo-Pacific

There is an upside for Britain in working more closely with its traditional allies – the US, Australia and Japan – in the region. Free-trade agreements with all three countries all hang in the balance.

There is an upside for Britain in working more closely with its traditional allies – the US, Australia and Japan – in the region. Free-trade agreements with all three countries all hang in the balance.

21 Jul 2020 - 10:31AM