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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.


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

October 18, 2017 3 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.

Liu Xiaobo deserved better than Australia’s pathetic half-arsed platitudes

July 17, 2017 5 Comments

Liu Xiaobo was an extraordinary man, and even though it would piss off China, Australia should have made a stronger statement about who he was and who killed him.

Yes, Australia’s best bud Saudi Arabia is actively funding terrorism

July 7, 2017 19 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull -- or, at the very least, his own Foreign Minister Julie Bishop -- is signing up as a paid supporter of the country that effectively funded al-Qaeda and IS.

Packer gambled and lost on China. Can Crown come out with a winning hand?

July 3, 2017

Crown should have known that its China venture was going to attract the wrong sort of attention. But can James Packer bring Crown back from the disaster?