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Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

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

Indonesia's hopeful young democracy is now under threat

Indonesia's hopeful young democracy is now under threat

The hope promised by the incumbent president five years ago has subsided, and the nation’s darker undercurrents of intolerance have bubbled to the surface.

'Mind-blowing logistics': India embarks on epic five-week election

'Mind-blowing logistics': India embarks on epic five-week election

As the country's 900 million voters head to the polls for the first time in five years, what is the current lay of the land when it comes to India's key political parties?

China-Australia relations are going to be a big issue this election

China-Australia relations are going to be a big issue this election

Politicians may try to ignore it, but they will eventually have to start talking honestly about Chinese influence this election cycle.

Australia left in an awkward spot as China-Taiwan tensions escalate

Australia left in an awkward spot as China-Taiwan tensions escalate

With Chinese fighter jets and US naval ships circling, Taiwan has become a hotspot once again — just in time for the federal election.

Australia gets new Beijing envoy as Morrison tries second China 'reset'

Australia gets new Beijing envoy as Morrison tries second China 'reset'

After a tumultuous few years, incoming ambassador Graham Fletcher inherits a job that will require the navigation of some fraught waters

Thailand's 'flawed' democracy leaves voters in limbo

Thailand's 'flawed' democracy leaves voters in limbo

Following a general election, Thailand remains trapped in political limbo as it will take weeks for a definitive result to be announced.

Six decades on we are still turning a blind eye to Tibet

Six decades on we are still turning a blind eye to Tibet

As the anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising comes and goes once again, Australia's response to the continuing fallout is a deafening silence.

Australia lags decades behind in the submarine race

Australia lags decades behind in the submarine race

The recent rise of advanced underwater drones has highlighted Australia's $50 billion gamble on traditional submarines which won't be deployed for decades.

Cases of clerical abuse sweep Asia

Cases of clerical abuse sweep Asia

In Asia, the culture of denial and silence around sexual abuse by clergy members is finally starting to break.

'The government can't arrest them all': a look at journalism under Duterte

'The government can't arrest them all': a look at journalism under Duterte

Crikey speaks to veteran Filipino journalist and activist Inday Espina-Varona about Maria Ressa, Rappler, and the increasing dangers of reporting the news.