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Articles by Michael Sainsbury

Monkey business: what is Xi’s end game in China?

The Chinese economy is faltering more quickly than both the country’s government and many highly paid “economists” had forecast. And Xi Jinping is out to settle some scores.

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Myanmar’s Lady takes her seat, fails to stand by Muslim refugees

Aung San Suu Kyi’s fate is still uncertain, but pales into insignificance against that of the ethnic Muslim Rohingyas.

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Vietnam’s new guard dances a tricky diplomatic waltz

There is some fresh blood in the Vietnamese government. What will this mean for relations with China (and Russia, and the US)?

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Miners’ ineptitude is costing you a bundle

Shareholders in the big miners — and that’s pretty much anyone with super — should be livid at the way BHP et al squandered the good times.

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SE Asia ripe for investment — and if we don’t, someone else will

The United States, China, the Middle East and even Canada are getting involved in south-east Asia. So why do we only treat our neighbours as a dumping ground for refugees?

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A new Taiwanese leader raises the takes for Beijing — and Canberra

Taiwan has elected a new president and legislature — and they will not be kowtowing to China.

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Abbott’s blind ideology has left Morrison up shit creek

Scott Morrison is a very inexperienced Treasurer, an economic neophyte without help or recourse. And that’s really too bad, because China is going to need some serious economic management chops.

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She won’t be right: Australian economy will sink with China’s

Despite what the blindly optimistic will tell you, China’s economic downturn is a big deal.

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Trade for silence: why Australia leaves Chinese prisoners to rot

China gets a free pass, while less lucrative countries feel the full brunt of Australia’s righteousness.

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Red scare: China won’t save us, ChAFTA or no

With the resources boom ending, don’t expect agriculture and “services” to save Australia’s bacon.

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Has Mal set Moz up to fail in China?

The Chinese economy is not just ill but contagious. How will “Doctor” Scott Morrison proceed?

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Cambodia must be next on Turnbull’s list

Malcolm Turnbull has made a good start towards repairing relations with Indonesia, but it’s time to rethink the Cambodia refugee deal.

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China confronts its own Islamic terrorism

China has reacted to the Paris attacks by cracking down on its own Muslim citizens.

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Don’t look now, but there’s an arms race brewing in Asia

China’s aggression will be on everyone’s minds as the APEC summit kicks off.

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Terrorist groups gaining a foothold close to home

Terrorist groups are expanding and recruiting in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and other Asian countries. In the wake of the Paris massacre, we need to pay very close attention to our Asian neighbours.

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Turnbull and Widodo all smiles, but don’t mention the boats. Or the drugs. Or the live cattle. Or …

Turnbull’s Indonesia trip is an important one, but there are some fraught issues to avoid.

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Suu Kyi Myanmar’s victorious angel, but The Lady has her work cut out for her

The West, like the people of Myanmar, has placed outsized expectations on the shoulders of a 70-year-old woman with nil economic, diplomatic or management experience.

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Taiwan, not China, key to Australia’s Asia-Pacific strategy

China’s rapprochement with Taiwan could help open the door for Australia to better normalise its relations with one of the handful of functioning democracies in the Asia Pacific

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Maybe baby? China’s two-child policy too little, too late

Relaxing its one-child policy is not going to be enough to save China’s economy.

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The job offers drip in for Abbott, but he’s an ex-PM without a purpose

There’s a cushy and lucrative job waiting for Tony Abbott in the private sector … but does he have his sights set further afield?

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China and Australia both need reform, but only Turnbull can pull it off

It takes a particular set of circumstances to actually achieve genuine economic reform — and luckily for Malcolm Turnbull, he has them all.

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Sainsbury: Australia’s racist response to ChAFTA could come back to bite

Both Labor and the Coalition have been running racist campaigns, and China has noticed. But it’s about to get a lot worse.

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With Chinese growth in the slow lane, Morrison needs to get creative

Australia’s federal and state governments will need a good deal of luck and brutal honesty to overcome the looming China problem.

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Suu Kyi, the Queen of Burma, preps for election, but demurs on Myanmar’s Muslims

Three out of four people on the street in Myanmar predict Aung San Suu Kyi will get a majority in Myanmar’s upcoming election.

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Australia tries to offload asylum seekers to yet another poor neighbour

Australia courts the Philippines in the latest twist of its “can’t somebody else do it?” approach to asylum seekers.

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