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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.

How Hong Kong is forcing Australia's hand on China

How Hong Kong is forcing Australia's hand on China

Protests and counter-protests across the country have proven the CCP has more internal support than Australia bargained for.

Things haven't been this bad between Australia and China in 30 years

Things haven't been this bad between Australia and China in 30 years

Not since Bob Hawke granted asylum to Chinese students living in Australia following the Tiananmen Square massacre has Australia's relationship with China been so fraught.

Are Chinese triads operating in Australia? You can bet on it. 

Are Chinese triads operating in Australia? You can bet on it. 

The allegations against Crown are far from the first reports we've heard of triads operating in Australia.

Is China's detention of Yang Hengjun a line in the sand for Australia?

Is China's detention of Yang Hengjun a line in the sand for Australia?

Australia's delayed response to the Australian writer's detention marks a new benchmark in tensions with China.

Australia has been embarrassingly silent on Myanmar

Australia has been embarrassingly silent on Myanmar

Under the Abbott and Turnbull governments, Myanmar appeared to fall off the map. It's time that changed.

India's monumental water crisis should be a warning to us all

India's monumental water crisis should be a warning to us all

The arrival of monsoon season may not be enough to save India from the grip of a devastating water crisis. At what point does national crisis evolve to global catastrophe?

Hong Kong response shows Australia won't keep China in check

Hong Kong response shows Australia won't keep China in check

The government claims it will treat China with a firm hand, but its response to protests in Hong Kong is anything but.

What should we expect from the Osaka G20 summit this weekend?

What should we expect from the Osaka G20 summit this weekend?

In addition to official proceedings, we need to keep an eye on the side meetings — and the conversations not being had.

It's time to pay attention to Russia's rising power in the Pacfic

It's time to pay attention to Russia's rising power in the Pacfic

Five years after Tony Abbott threatened to "shirtfront" Putin, Australia needs to put Russia back on its radar.

Why travel advisories are handy tools in a trade war 

Why travel advisories are handy tools in a trade war 

Are government travel advisories always about citizens' safety? There's often a bit more to it...