Category Archives: Corruption

Ice cold: why China (and China alone) decided to release Kalynda Davis

Michael Sainsbury China’s uncharacteristically lenient treatment of alleged drug mule Kalynda Davis is, in some ways, an anomaly and a distraction from the greater ice threat that should unite Australia and China. For a week or so, photogenic 22-year-old western Sydney-sider Kalynda Davis, who surfaced as a suspected methamphetamine smuggler and was detained in the

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Packer’s fortunes tumble as China doubles down on crooks and high-rollers

Michael Sainsbury James Packer’s Macau casino and his future business prospects in the Asia Pacific have taken a hit, likely due to the Chinese government’s wide-reaching anti-corruption campaign. Whatever his next move, Packer will need to speak softly … It’s been a bad week for James Packer in Asia, both for his existing casino businesses

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China’s political fox hunt calls for some shirt-front diplomacy

Michael Sainsbury Instead of quietly bowing to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party to help net fugitive Chinese officials, the Abbott government should be leveraging the opportunity to agitate for the release of Australians questionably imprisoned in China. The Abbott government continues to be in a quandary about how to deal with China. Last week,

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Xinjiang in radical Islam’s crosshairs

The Chinese Communist Party policy towards minorities, particularly Tibetans and Uyghurs, has clearly failed. Self-immolation by Tibetans – since February 2009 133 men and women have made the ultimate political protest – and increasingly frequent attacks by Uyghurs such as the Urumqi market bombing and the Kunming train station knife massacre as well as the dud car bomb in

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