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Michael Sainsbury

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.

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

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

Michael SainsburyAug 14, 20171 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

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

Michael SainsburyAug 7, 201711 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

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

Michael SainsburyJul 17, 20175 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

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

Michael SainsburyJul 7, 201719 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?

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

Michael SainsburyJul 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?

What is Islamic State doing in the Philippines?

What is Islamic State doing in the Philippines?

Michael SainsburyJun 20, 20171 Comment

We are a month into the siege of the country’s biggest Muslim city, Marawi, by groups who have aligned themselves with the so-called Islamic State.

Sensible but firm: Turnbull finally takes stand against Chinese aggression

Sensible but firm: Turnbull finally takes stand against Chinese aggression

Michael SainsburyJun 5, 20178 Comments

In fact, he actually took the fight to China, in terms of regional security, while rightly noting that Australia does not have to “choose” between China and the United States.

The next terror attack could be on your Thailand or Bali holiday

The next terror attack could be on your Thailand or Bali holiday

Michael SainsburyMay 26, 20174 Comments

Militant Islamism is spreading like wildfire in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. The Bali bombings will probably not be an isolated incident.

Pell freezes over

Pell freezes over

Michael SainsburyMay 23, 20176 Comments

Cardinal George Pell shaped an entire generation of the Australian Catholic Church. But his influence, and that of priests like him, is waning, as Pope Francis embarks on a radical overhaul of the Vatican and ecclesiastical appointments.

Australia stuck in the middle of China's latest attempt at 'empire-building'

Australia stuck in the middle of China's latest attempt at 'empire-building'

Michael SainsburyMay 15, 20176 Comments

Critics, including importantly Australia’s defence and espionage establishment, believe China's latest move to be a potential strategic threat.