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

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog 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.


How ‘Twig’ Forrest changed the iron ore game in Australia

May 23, 2018 2

The power of Andrew Forrest, a man of many contradictions, has ramped up over the last decade.

Australia’s silence on Timor-Leste election speaks of frayed bond

May 17, 2018 3

Australia continues to ignore the impressive display of democracy in action in Timor-Leste, a country it has routinely let down since independence.

Australia’s hopeless response to landmark Malaysian election

May 11, 2018 7

There's a lot to be gleaned from Malaysia's recent election, especially for the craven and silent Australian government.

Did CBA’s profits addiction grow from an imported ‘cult-like’ sales management strategy?

May 9, 2018 4

The Commonwealth Bank shifted to an increasingly profit-driven services model promoted by an eccentric US management group, that pushed all staff (risk managers, auditors, the lot) to discover new leads for sales.

Turnbull’s allegiance to the US creates regional tension with China

April 27, 2018 14

Between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, the whole region is on edge.

NBN Co always had obsolete technology, now it has to admit it

April 13, 2018 41

Bill Morrow's departure from NBN is just more proof that mobile technology is cutting the NBN's lunch and gobbling it down.

Australia cosies up to India despite growing human rights abuses

April 9, 2018 4

Religious minorities are experiencing huge increasing violence in Modi's India, but that doesn't seem to be a deal-breaker for our leaders in Canberra.

Xi moves a pebble in China’s economy and Australia suffers an earthquake

March 27, 2018 4

No matter the result of the economic standoff between China and the US, Xi Jinping's moves to shed China's extraordinary debt and avoid a stagnant economy are already making a mark on Australia's economy.

Are declining Chinese student numbers a casualty of diplomacy or just poor branding?

March 19, 2018 22

Data released by Austrade have shown that the number of visas issued to Chinese tertiary students has dropped for the first time in years, amid ongoing claims of interference by the Chinese government.

The fall of Julie Bishop?

March 12, 2018 35

It wasn't so long ago that Bishop was seen as an obvious successor to Turnbull. What a difference a year makes.

Timor-Leste’s problems run deeper than a hung parliament, and they begin with Australia

March 1, 2018 2

With a new energy deal with Australia on the table, and with an end to a year of political gridlock in sight, the future should be bright for Timor-Leste. But will it fall pray to the same pattern of corruption that led it here?

The Year of The Dog follows a dog of a year between Australia and China

February 16, 2018 8

It's the Lunar New Year, and hopefully a time for a fresh start for gradually darkening Australia China relations.

Will Telstra’s adventures abroad plug its leaks back home?

February 14, 2018 3

Amid a slew of bad deals and a stagnant share-price, shareholders shouldn't hold their breath that Telstra's Asian excursions will pay off.

Sam Dastyari wasn’t the first to take Chinese money, just ask Howard

December 19, 2017 5

Chinese influence in Australia and elsewhere is being exert via "sharp power", and you wont have to look far to find those who are happy to play a part.

Turnbull’s $90 billion National Shipbuilding Plan has a recruitment problem

November 28, 2017 16

The "nation building" project intends to be a major boost to heavy industry and could see significant economic shifts. With so much at stake, what could possibly go wrong?

The little-known department peddling Chinese government agitprop around the world

November 24, 2017 6

You've probably never heard of the United Front Work Department, but you've probably seen their work.

Bishop losing her way on Asian diplomacy as Xi cements power

November 1, 2017 5

While Chinese Premier Xi Jinping consolidated his power at China's 19th National Congress, Australia's leaders continue to show their diplomatic and moral weakness.

Ruthless Xi Jinping consolidates power ahead of all-important Communist Party Congress

October 18, 2017 4

The upcoming Chinese Communist Party Congress could have serious ramifications for Australia.