What China Wants by Sam Olsen

Sam Olsen
Understanding what China wants with the world. Total domination, or just to rub along?
Created 19 Nov 2020
  • Why China's power outages matter to the world
    12 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    Dear fellow China watchers, When I was growing up it was common to hear the UK’s economic ills being attributed to contagion from across the Pond: “When America sneezes, we catch a cold”. True, it was...
  • How China loses
    05 Oct 2021 • 12 min read • 1 1
    Dear fellow China watchers, Over the last decade or so the China shelf at your local bookshop has been dominated by authors declaring that China has already won. Recently, however, a new message has s...
  • What these two movies say about China today
    02 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Dear fellow China watchers, Hollywood has long been a significant weapon in the arsenal of American soft power, something that is recognised in China too. In the struggle for global supremacy, therefo...
  • Understanding the Evergrande crisis
    28 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Dear fellow China watchers As I’ve mentioned before, Series 2 of What China Wants is focused on the pushback on China’s global ambitions. But not all of this pushback comes from abroad: some, if not m...
  • What will China do about AUKUS?
    21 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Dear fellow China Watchers Last week’s announcement of the new pact between Australia, the UK, and the US left much of the political and defence world stunned. Yet, typical of the Western-centric deba...
  • The shock of female trafficking in China
    18 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    Dear fellow China watchers, Welcome back to the culture and history thread of What China Wants. I’ll be returning to our History of China soon, but today I’m going to discuss one of the books I recomm...
  • Will China move into Afghanistan?
    14 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    Hello fellow China watchers, Welcome to Series 2 of What China Wants, as I try to untangle what China is up to in the world. What’s quite extraordinary to note is how different things are now from whe...
  • China or the US? Why Southeast Asia cannot stay neutral forever
    27 Jul 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Hello fellow China watchers Today I’m wrapping up two things. First, my look at China’s influence in Southeast Asia, a region that is of increasing strategic importance to the world (as discussed here...
  • Chinese culture to read & watch this summer
    24 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    Hello fellow China Watchers As we enter the summer proper, so ends Series 1 of What China Wants, so this will be the last history and culture post for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed the last nine months o...
  • Understanding China/Western diplomacy through Twitter
    20 Jul 2021 • 3 min read
    Hello fellow China Watchers Following on from my article about the CCP’s global messaging the other week, I had lots of feedback on the differing social media strategies of West vs East. As such I tho...
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