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Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in South East Asia

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in South East Asia

Michael Sainsbury is a freelance journalist based in Asia with more than 20 years experience writing about business, business politics and human rights across Australia and the Asia Pacific.

Kevin Rudd is not registered as an agent of foreign influence in Australia... yet

Kevin Rudd is not registered as an agent of foreign influence in Australia... yet

Once a tough talker on China-Australia relations, Kevin Rudd has assiduously rebuilt his ties with Beijing and worked his way back into its good graces.

Xenophon just the latest addition to Huawei's eternal PR conga line

Xenophon just the latest addition to Huawei's eternal PR conga line

Former senator Nick Xenophon has drawn heat after it was announced that his legal and advisory firm brought in Huawei as a client. But he's hardly the first Australian to take a job spruiking for the Chinese technology giant.

Hong Kong voters send a warning to Beijing

Hong Kong voters send a warning to Beijing

The historic victory for pan-democratic candidates means that Beijing has been profoundly misreading the situation on the ground.

Chinese army presence suggests a grim resolution for Hong Kong

Chinese army presence suggests a grim resolution for Hong Kong

The People's Liberation Army are yet to move on Hong Kong, but their appearance in the city presents an alarming outcome for protesters and journalists currently targeted by authorities.

Does the People’s Liberation Army have eyes on Sydney property?

Does the People’s Liberation Army have eyes on Sydney property?

The massive, opaque China Poly Group — known for links to the Chinese army — is eyeing off an enormous property splurge in Sydney.

Australian business ramps up China lobbying, with help from the United Front

Australian business ramps up China lobbying, with help from the United Front

Australia's business elites continue to rub shoulders with the United Front Work Department — a secretive arm of the Chinese Communist Party.

Forget what <em>we</em> think, does Indonesia really care about a trade deal with Australia?

Forget what we think, does Indonesia really care about a trade deal with Australia?

Australia and Indonesia are closing in on a historic free trade deal. However the agreement still faces some stiff hurdles, both at home and abroad.

It's official. Australia has no idea what it's doing on China. 

It's official. Australia has no idea what it's doing on China. 

Australian politicians are slamming China while preparing to sign a free trade deal with a widely discredited administration that is subjugated to Beijing. What planet are they living on?

Australian unis' escalating crisis over international students

Australian unis' escalating crisis over international students

Chinese enrolments are expected to plummet. Indian students are facing huge difficulties after visa changes. The question for Australia’s higher education sector is: what's next?

Indonesia's student protests are a reality check for Widodo

Indonesia's student protests are a reality check for Widodo

The protests are the biggest the country has seen since the fall of the Suharto regime in 1998. Can they hold back an increasingly conservative Indonesia?