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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.

'The government can't arrest them all': a look at journalism under Duterte

'The government can't arrest them all': a look at journalism under Duterte

Crikey speaks to veteran Filipino journalist and activist Inday Espina-Varona about Maria Ressa, Rappler, and the increasing dangers of reporting the news.

A closer look at Scott Morrison's CV

A closer look at Scott Morrison's CV

Morrison's pre-parliament career casts doubt over his strategic campaigning abilities, his management skills and an apparent tendency towards a lack of transparency.

Finally, some rare sense in the battle to save Hakeem

Finally, some rare sense in the battle to save Hakeem

DFAT made a deft diplomatic move in the debate around Thailand's detention of Hakeem al-Araibi, saving Thailand some face and allowing Australia some wriggle room.

Will the Year of the Pig bring good fortune for the Chinese-Australian economy?

Will the Year of the Pig bring good fortune for the Chinese-Australian economy?

Global corporate gluttony and a “silicon curtain” between China and the West will call time on the boom years.

DFAT is a dawdling joke of a department

DFAT is a dawdling joke of a department

The Australian response to the recent detention of Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun exposes the risk-averse dead hand of DFAT for what it really is.

It's time for Australia to face reality on China

It's time for Australia to face reality on China

The reasons for Yang Hengjun’s detention remain unclear. But human rights violations have escalated sharply under the increasingly repressive regime of Xi Jingping.

Myanmar faces a maze of conflicts on the road to peace

Myanmar faces a maze of conflicts on the road to peace

The Myanmar government is eager to crush resistance in conflict-plagued Rakhine State but, as always, is fighting a war on several fronts.

The future is 5G, but what the hell is it?

The future is 5G, but what the hell is it?

Explaining the who, what, when, and how fast of 5G.

Why the arrest of Huawei’s CFO has the world on edge

Why the arrest of Huawei’s CFO has the world on edge

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou may restart the US-China trade war, but it will just be a headwind of the looming global financial crash.

Marriage equality suffers a blow in Taiwan referendum

Marriage equality suffers a blow in Taiwan referendum

Many had hoped that Taiwan could continue as a beacon for acceptance of LGBTIQ people in Asia, a region where same-sex relationships are still regularly criminalised.