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Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

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.


Turnbull’s $90 billion National Shipbuilding Plan has a recruitment problem

November 28, 2017 14 Comments

The "nation building" project intends to be a major boost to heavy industry and could see significant economic shifts. With so much at stake, what could possibly go wrong?

The little-known department peddling Chinese government agitprop around the world

November 24, 2017 6 Comments

You've probably never heard of the United Front Work Department, but you've probably seen their work.

Bishop losing her way on Asian diplomacy as Xi cements power

November 1, 2017 5 Comments

While Chinese Premier Xi Jinping consolidated his power at China's 19th National Congress, Australia's leaders continue to show their diplomatic and moral weakness.

Ruthless Xi Jinping consolidates power ahead of all-important Communist Party Congress

October 18, 2017 4 Comments

The upcoming Chinese Communist Party Congress could have serious ramifications for Australia.

Chris Bowen delivers the best speech on Asia since Keating

October 3, 2017 3 Comments

In a speech to the Asia Society, Chris Bowen has delivered an honest and forthright assessment of where we stand right now with our nearest and most important neighbours.

Gay Nationals candidate pilloried for his sexuality at preselection meeting

September 22, 2017 7 Comments

The creaking Nationals are in damage control after a homophobic slur dominates preselections.

Will a visit from Pope Francis compel Aung San Suu Kyi to act?

September 19, 2017 2 Comments

Suu Kyi needs to find a way to end her galling stasis on the Rohingya. Just maybe, Pope Francis can help her.

China crisis: Australia hurtles blindly toward an immigration calamity

China crisis: Australia hurtles blindly toward an immigration calamity

September 13, 2017 28 Comments

Forget the boats. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese people have flooded into Australia, and no one seems to be taking the threat seriously.

Don’t bet against it: Packer still at home in the casino business

August 14, 2017 1 Comment

With the release of the last of his imprisoned employees in China, Packer has learned from his errors and is again refocusing Crown towards the future.

Bishop’s flop of a speech in Thailand reveals dangerous apathy towards south-east Asia

August 7, 2017 11 Comments

To say Bishop's speech was a damp squib is to be derogatory to squibs. You may be shocked to learn there was not a skerrick of original thought or news in it.