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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.

Former Austrade CEO Stephanie Fahey

Austrade buys into a most undiplomatic mess with CEO's 'brutal' departure

The reasons for Stephanie Fahey's sudden departure last month are juicy topics among friends and foes. But according to insiders, the organisation was left in chaos.

Banned pro-democracy leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit (Image: Wikimedia)

Thai protesters seek fresh change in a broken system

Inspired by Hong Kong, protesters have marched in Thailand, hoping for major reforms under the country's military junta.

A pro-Uyghur demonstration (Image: SOPA/Viola Kam)

There’s one word to describe China's systematic persecution of Uyghurs: genocide

Beijing's well-documented abuse of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities has one goal: to destroy entire cultures.

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Lockdowns leave children more vulnerable to exploitation and online predators

Children in vulnerable communities are at heightened risk of exploitation during global coronavirus lockdowns. Authorities are stepping in, but is it enough?

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TikTok's troubles grow as tit for tat trade war focuses on Chinese technologies

TikTok is leaving Hong Kong, but will distancing itself from Beijing stop it from becoming the next Huawei?

Chinese honour guard raise the Chinese flag during the commissioning ceremony of China's Shandong aircraft carrier (Image: Li Gang)

As China twists the knife, how serious is Australia about defending Taiwan and Hong Kong?

The US and Australia say they are prepared to defend Taiwan against Chinese encroachment. But with Hong Kong in uncharted waters, is it anything more than just Western posturing?

Police shoot pepper spray at protesters inside a train in Hong Kong, 2019 (Image: AP/Ring Yu)

Australians will feel Beijing's weight if they step out of line in Hong Kong

Sweeping new security laws are designed to catch anyone the Chinese Communist Party doesn't like — and it's already started.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Why the Gilespie case is a warning to all Australians in China — and Canberra

Australian citizens are increasingly at risk in the escalating diplomatic fight between Canberra and Beijing.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (AP/Sipa USA)

After travelling the world, COVID-19 is sowing chaos in India

COVID-19 is set to wreak havoc on the economies of India and its neighbours, and it couldn't have come at a worse time for Australia.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (AP/Sipa USA)

Don't say a c-word: what was missing from Morrison's latest chat with Modi

Australia has a perfect relationship with India... as long as coal and human rights abuses are left entirely off the agenda.