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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.

'Something has to give': Timor-Leste slowdown looms amid government chaos

'Something has to give': Timor-Leste slowdown looms amid government chaos

Timor-Leste is facing the prospect of recession, after a ruling party abstained from supporting its own budget.

Beijing influence-peddling falls short in Taiwan

Beijing influence-peddling falls short in Taiwan

Australia will be heartened by Taiwan's rejection of Beijing, but should expect regional tensions to escalate.

The taxpayer-funded think tank bungling Australia's foreign policy on China

The taxpayer-funded think tank bungling Australia's foreign policy on China

Controversial think tank China Matters is largely funded by Australian taxpayers, and yet they get no representation on its board.

Are Hong Kong protests hurting Australian business?

Are Hong Kong protests hurting Australian business?

While protests continue to be a new part of daily life in Hong Kong, the region's status as an economic hub seems to be standing strong.

Kevin Rudd is not registered as an agent of foreign influence in Australia... yet

Kevin Rudd is not registered as an agent of foreign influence in Australia... yet

Once a tough talker on China-Australia relations, Kevin Rudd has assiduously rebuilt his ties with Beijing and worked his way back into its good graces.

Xenophon just the latest addition to Huawei's eternal PR conga line

Xenophon just the latest addition to Huawei's eternal PR conga line

Former senator Nick Xenophon has drawn heat after it was announced that his legal and advisory firm brought in Huawei as a client. But he's hardly the first Australian to take a job spruiking for the Chinese technology giant.

Hong Kong voters send a warning to Beijing

Hong Kong voters send a warning to Beijing

The historic victory for pan-democratic candidates means that Beijing has been profoundly misreading the situation on the ground.

Chinese army presence suggests a grim resolution for Hong Kong

Chinese army presence suggests a grim resolution for Hong Kong

The People's Liberation Army are yet to move on Hong Kong, but their appearance in the city presents an alarming outcome for protesters and journalists currently targeted by authorities.

Does the People’s Liberation Army have eyes on Sydney property?

Does the People’s Liberation Army have eyes on Sydney property?

The massive, opaque China Poly Group — known for links to the Chinese army — is eyeing off an enormous property splurge in Sydney.

Australian business ramps up China lobbying, with help from the United Front

Australian business ramps up China lobbying, with help from the United Front

Australia's business elites continue to rub shoulders with the United Front Work Department — a secretive arm of the Chinese Communist Party.