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Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in South East Asia

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in South East Asia

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.

It's official. Australia has no idea what it's doing on China. 

It's official. Australia has no idea what it's doing on China. 

Australian politicians are slamming China while preparing to sign a free trade deal with a widely discredited administration that is subjugated to Beijing. What planet are they living on?

Australian unis' escalating crisis over international students

Australian unis' escalating crisis over international students

Chinese enrolments are expected to plummet. Indian students are facing huge difficulties after visa changes. The question for Australia’s higher education sector is: what's next?

Indonesia's student protests are a reality check for Widodo

Indonesia's student protests are a reality check for Widodo

The protests are the biggest the country has seen since the fall of the Suharto regime in 1998. Can they hold back an increasingly conservative Indonesia?

Taiwan at a crossroads as Beijing erodes support

Taiwan at a crossroads as Beijing erodes support

Anybody interested in the fate of Taiwan — one of the most potent flash-points in Asia Pacific — should be watching events in Hong Kong closely.

Will Canberra's stand against Beijing be enough?

Will Canberra's stand against Beijing be enough?

It's well known that business and politics cannot be separated in China. But, for once, Canberra is not standing by while the rights of an Australian are infringed.

Beijing would never back down so easily

Beijing would never back down so easily

Don't be fooled by the withdrawal of Hong Kong's extradition bill. This won't be enough to stave off disaster.

Australia reckons with a long history of neglecting its Asian neighbours

Australia reckons with a long history of neglecting its Asian neighbours

Successive Australian governments have snubbed, time and again, south-east Asian countries. This represents a potentially significant problem for Australia's strategic foothold in the region.

How Hong Kong is forcing Australia's hand on China

How Hong Kong is forcing Australia's hand on China

Protests and counter-protests across the country have proven the CCP has more internal support than Australia bargained for.

Things haven't been this bad between Australia and China in 30 years

Things haven't been this bad between Australia and China in 30 years

Not since Bob Hawke granted asylum to Chinese students living in Australia following the Tiananmen Square massacre has Australia's relationship with China been so fraught.

Are Chinese triads operating in Australia? You can bet on it. 

Are Chinese triads operating in Australia? You can bet on it. 

The allegations against Crown are far from the first reports we've heard of triads operating in Australia.