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.


The Year of The Dog follows a dog of a year between Australia and China

February 16, 2018 8

It's the Lunar New Year, and hopefully a time for a fresh start for gradually darkening Australia China relations.

Will Telstra’s adventures abroad plug its leaks back home?

February 14, 2018 3

Amid a slew of bad deals and a stagnant share-price, shareholders shouldn't hold their breath that Telstra's Asian excursions will pay off.

Sam Dastyari wasn’t the first to take Chinese money, just ask Howard

December 19, 2017 5

Chinese influence in Australia and elsewhere is being exert via "sharp power", and you wont have to look far to find those who are happy to play a part.

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

November 28, 2017 14

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

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

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

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