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Past articles by Michael:

Albanese must go beyond the photo ops and develop real ties with Indonesia

The prime minister and Penny Wong are saying all the right things in Jakarta, but to build on the relationship more than words are needed. → Read More

Backyard blues: anti-democratic forces rise across Asia as autocrats grab more power in pandemic

Even in functioning democracies in the Asian region, many leaders have embraced authoritarian traits. → Read More

Indonesia’s struggle with COVID could end up shaping our neighbourhood for the worse

The state of Indonesia's COVID-19 outbreak means Australia may come to regret its reduced aid to south-east Asia. → Read More

Australian universities tread softly, softly to catch and keep Chinese students

Concerns about self-censorship at a whole range of levels in unis are real and have been well documented. → Read More

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

TikTok is trying to distance itself from Beijing, but could growing tensions with China make it the next Huawei? → Read More

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

Sweeping new security laws in Hong Kong are designed to catch anyone the Chinese Communist Party doesn't like — including foreigners. → Read More

COVID-19 economic crisis: Australia won't get another free ride from China

China provided support to Australia in the wake of the 2008 GFC. But this time, the Chinese government will be focused on internal issues. → Read More

Hong Kong’s Tiananmen vigil snuffed out as Beijing flexes its muscles and might

Hong Kong's Tiananmen Square commemorations have been seen as a rallying point for democracy. Now, with China encroaching and the US in turmoil, things are different. → Read More

Beijing's Hong Kong plans may lead to an exodus, and Australia must be ready

It's not just Australia's diplomatic interests threatened by China's tightening grip on Hong Kong — thousands of Australian businesses call Hong Kong home. Will the promise of eased protests keep them there? → Read More

Crumbling sandstone: scandals and finances take the gowns at University of Adelaide to town

The University of Adelaide is the latest institution to be beset by scandal, with an ICAC investigation nowunderway. → Read More

With the other China, Australia plays it smart and smarter

A shift towards supporting Taiwan is sound foreign policy for an Australian government scrambling to reign in China. → Read More

Kevin Rudd's think tank opens up new questions in China debate

Critics are questioning whether the Kevin Rudd-helmed Asia Society Policy Institute can avoid kowtowing to China. → Read More

Australian universities are 'frantic' amid coronavirus fallout

The coronavirus fallout could quickly transform from problematic into a full-blown crisis. For now, universities are left in the dark. → Read More

Coronarvirus in Wuhan: inside the world's biggest quarantine centre

For the many millions of people living in Hebei’s new coronavirus quarantine cities, this might be the new normal for sometime to come. → Read More

‘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. → Read More

Beijing influence-peddling falls short in Taiwan

Australia will be heartened by Tsai Ing-wen's reelection in Taiwan, but should expect regional tensions to escalate. → Read More

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. → Read More

How Hong Kong protests are forcing Australia's hand on China

Protest and counter-protests across the country have shown the CCP has more internal support than Australia bargained for. → Read More

Hong Kong protests, ties to Trump have worsened the Australia-China relationship

Not since Bob Hawke granted asylum to Chinese students living in Australia has Australia's relationship with China been so fraught. → Read More

Are Chinese triads operating in Australia? You can bet on it.

The allegations against Crown Resorts are far from the first reports we've heard of triads operating in Australia. → Read More