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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.

Why travel advisories are handy tools in a trade war 

Why travel advisories are handy tools in a trade war 

Are government travel advisories always about citizens' safety? There's often a bit more to it...

Hong Kong's autonomy on the line as Beijing's influence grows

Hong Kong's autonomy on the line as Beijing's influence grows

New extradition laws with Beijing are just another step in the erosion of Hong Kong's political and legal autonomy. The effects will be huge for the region.

The massacre that can't be erased from memory

The massacre that can't be erased from memory

Chinese-Australian artist Guo Jian saw his fellow students gunned down in the square. Thirty years on, he's still reckoning with the event that 'doesn't officially exist'.

Morrison turns a blind eye to religious persecution in India

Morrison turns a blind eye to religious persecution in India

The government's push for religious freedom means nothing if it ignores the millions of religious minorities being persecuted by our trade partners.

What's next for Australia's 'most important' relationship?

What's next for Australia's 'most important' relationship?

The coinciding reelections of Scott Morrison and Indonesia's Joko Widodo gives Australia an opportunity to reaffirm its goals with its rapidly growing neighbour.

Morrison's big challenge with China

Morrison's big challenge with China

Beijing was clearly hoping for a Labor win, and has every reason to be distrustful of our new government. Where can we go from here?

How both parties bungled the chase for Chinese-Australian votes

How both parties bungled the chase for Chinese-Australian votes

It's 2019 and Australian politicians are only just starting to front up to this major group of voters. They have a lot to learn.

What happens now that Japan's emperor has abdicated the throne?

What happens now that Japan's emperor has abdicated the throne?

The emperor's succession points to an increasingly modern Japan, and a stable and modern Japan has always been in Australia’s interests.

Sri Lanka attacks are part of a rising trend of religious violence in Asia

Sri Lanka attacks are part of a rising trend of religious violence in Asia

From Sri Lanka to Pakistan to Indonesia, this is far from an isolated event.

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.