Charles McDermid

Charles McDermid joined the South China Morning Post as Asia Correspondent in 2018. He has worked for the New York Times, Al Jazeera and the Institute of War and Peace Reporting.
Charles McDermid
Charles McDermid joined the South China Morning Post as Asia Correspondent in 2018. He has worked for the New York Times, Al Jazeera and the Institute of War and Peace Reporting.

Latest from Charles McDermid

Fallen NBA star Lamar Odom’s post-Kardashian Philippine rebound

Four years ago, he was found comatose from a near-fatal drug overdose in a Nevada brothel. Now he’s playing for the Mighty Sports Philippines travelling team.

15 Feb 2019 - 3:16PM
Fallen NBA star Lamar Odom’s post-Kardashian Philippine rebound

Four years ago, he was found comatose from a near-fatal drug overdose in a Nevada brothel. Now he’s playing for the Mighty Sports Philippines travelling team.

Five years on, Canada’s dumped garbage is still causing a big stink in the Philippines

Tonnes of rotting waste have sat festering on Philippine docks since arriving illicitly from Canada in 2013. Ottawa wants nothing to do with it.

13 Feb 2019 - 8:38PM
Five years on, Canada’s dumped garbage is still causing a big stink in the Philippines

Tonnes of rotting waste have sat festering on Philippine docks since arriving illicitly from Canada in 2013. Ottawa wants nothing to do with it.

Dozens of companies launch US$1 billion bid to end plastic pollution in Asia but environmentalists dismiss it as ‘greenwashing’ stunt

Since China banned plastic waste imports in January 2018, Southeast Asia has become the world’s dumping ground

11 Feb 2019 - 5:17PM
Dozens of companies launch US$1 billion bid to end plastic pollution in Asia but environmentalists dismiss it as ‘greenwashing’ stunt

Since China banned plastic waste imports in January 2018, Southeast Asia has become the world’s dumping ground

Indonesian YouTube star Atta becomes first person in Southeast Asia to rack up 10 million subscribers

Muhammad Attamimi Halilintar, who belongs to a family of entertainers, hopes his achievement will encourage other Indonesians to attain the same success on YouTube.

7 Feb 2019 - 10:50PM
Indonesian YouTube star Atta becomes first person in Southeast Asia to rack up 10 million subscribers

Muhammad Attamimi Halilintar, who belongs to a family of entertainers, hopes his achievement will encourage other Indonesians to attain the same success on YouTube.

Asia’s aviation industry is booming, so why isn’t it making money?

Despite a surge in air travel, only six of the 20 publicly traded airlines based in the region are profitable, according to the latest figures.

4 Feb 2019 - 1:33PM
Asia’s aviation industry is booming, so why isn’t it making money?

Despite a surge in air travel, only six of the 20 publicly traded airlines based in the region are profitable, according to the latest figures.

Facebook blocks foreign ads before Thai election amid fears junta will benefit

Thailand’s ruling junta faces its first general election since seizing power in a bloodless coup in 2014. There are concerns Facebook’s ban could hurt the more social media-savvy opposition

9 Feb 2019 - 11:19AM
Facebook blocks foreign ads before Thai election amid fears junta will benefit

Thailand’s ruling junta faces its first general election since seizing power in a bloodless coup in 2014. There are concerns Facebook’s ban could hurt the more social media-savvy opposition

Facebook, WhatsApp target fake news for Asia’s election season, but is it too little, too late?

The social media giant has election teams working in Australia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. But with near to a billion people posting every month, some say the genie is already out of the bottle

23 Jan 2019 - 9:32PM
Facebook, WhatsApp target fake news for Asia’s election season, but is it too little, too late?

The social media giant has election teams working in Australia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. But with near to a billion people posting every month, some say the genie is already out of the bottle

Christians in Asia: persecuted, oppressed … but keeping the faith

Christians in Asia have a cross to bear. They face persecution on a scale unheard of since the Cultural Revolution, yet if anything this has brought new life to their beliefs. Come again?

19 Jan 2019 - 8:37AM
Christians in Asia: persecuted, oppressed … but keeping the faith

Christians in Asia have a cross to bear. They face persecution on a scale unheard of since the Cultural Revolution, yet if anything this has brought new life to their beliefs. Come again?

Asia is ‘new hotbed of Christian persecution’ with situation in China worst since Cultural Revolution, report claims

Nearly 140 million Christians suffered high levels of hostility in Asia last year, a region the report describes as ‘the new hotbed of persecution’, while experts say China seems to be trying to turn the group ‘weak, small and invisible’

16 Jan 2019 - 9:26PM
Asia is ‘new hotbed of Christian persecution’ with situation in China worst since Cultural Revolution, report claims

Nearly 140 million Christians suffered high levels of hostility in Asia last year, a region the report describes as ‘the new hotbed of persecution’, while experts say China seems to be trying to turn the group ‘weak, small and invisible’

US-China trade war divides Southeast Asia, belt and road fears unite it: survey

The region’s economy is a cause of optimism for most experts, a survey has found, even if there’s little confidence in trade deals such as the CPTPP.

11 Jan 2019 - 8:30PM
US-China trade war divides Southeast Asia, belt and road fears unite it: survey

The region’s economy is a cause of optimism for most experts, a survey has found, even if there’s little confidence in trade deals such as the CPTPP.

Southeast Asia has major doubts about US reliability in the region, but still wary of China: survey

More than 68 per cent of those canvassed lack confidence in the US as a ‘strategic partner and provider of regional security’ – but there is also recognition of Beijing as the unstoppable force it has become.

24 Jan 2019 - 6:43PM
Southeast Asia has major doubts about US reliability in the region, but still wary of China: survey

More than 68 per cent of those canvassed lack confidence in the US as a ‘strategic partner and provider of regional security’ – but there is also recognition of Beijing as the unstoppable force it has become.

North Korea, legal marijuana and the South China Sea – here are nine big issues for Asia in 2019

They include the US-China trade war, the outcome of four key elections, the rise of new technology and North Korean denuclearisation

30 Dec 2018 - 2:20PM
North Korea, legal marijuana and the South China Sea – here are nine big issues for Asia in 2019

They include the US-China trade war, the outcome of four key elections, the rise of new technology and North Korean denuclearisation

Asia in 2019: from elections in India and Indonesia to US-China tensions, Xinjiang and extreme weather

Five commentators and This Week in Asia’s editor say the next 12 months for Asia will be shaped by China’s relations with the US, shifts in global trade, and key elections in Australia, India, Indonesia and Thailand

29 Dec 2018 - 3:10PM
Asia in 2019: from elections in India and Indonesia to US-China tensions, Xinjiang and extreme weather

Five commentators and This Week in Asia’s editor say the next 12 months for Asia will be shaped by China’s relations with the US, shifts in global trade, and key elections in Australia, India, Indonesia and Thailand

Mao more than ever: Filipino communists mark a half century of armed struggle

The Communist Party of the Philippines – infamous for its jungle raids and assassination squads – was set up in December 1968 in Mao Zedong’s honour

16 Feb 2019 - 10:48PM
Mao more than ever: Filipino communists mark a half century of armed struggle

The Communist Party of the Philippines – infamous for its jungle raids and assassination squads – was set up in December 1968 in Mao Zedong’s honour

From Trump and Kim’s handshake to 1MDB: the stories that shaped Asia in 2018

Dragged deeper into the rivalry between the United States and China, the region saw plenty of highs and lows throughout the year

23 Dec 2018 - 9:49AM
From Trump and Kim’s handshake to 1MDB: the stories that shaped Asia in 2018

Dragged deeper into the rivalry between the United States and China, the region saw plenty of highs and lows throughout the year

Volatility, uncertainty: what Asia has to fear from Brexit turmoil

As Theresa May’s postponement of a vote on the UK’s departure from the EU hits the pound and Asian markets, analysts fear a new era has dawned in Asia’s trade with the West – one dominated by geopolitical chaos

12 Dec 2018 - 9:27AM
Volatility, uncertainty: what Asia has to fear from Brexit turmoil

As Theresa May’s postponement of a vote on the UK’s departure from the EU hits the pound and Asian markets, analysts fear a new era has dawned in Asia’s trade with the West – one dominated by geopolitical chaos

Lion Air disaster: just a blip in Asia’s runaway air travel boom?

The Indonesian carrier’s crash that killed 189 people in October has raised questions over whether Asia’s aviation sector is struggling to keep up with breakneck growth and soaring demand.

24 Jan 2019 - 5:42PM
Lion Air disaster: just a blip in Asia’s runaway air travel boom?

The Indonesian carrier’s crash that killed 189 people in October has raised questions over whether Asia’s aviation sector is struggling to keep up with breakneck growth and soaring demand.

‘Abusive and absurd’: the LGBTI rights crisis unfolding before Indonesia’s elections

State-sanctioned discrimination and public hostility has struck terror into the gay community as the influence of hardline Islamist groups looks set to play a crucial role in polls next year

5 Dec 2018 - 9:00AM
‘Abusive and absurd’: the LGBTI rights crisis unfolding before Indonesia’s elections

State-sanctioned discrimination and public hostility has struck terror into the gay community as the influence of hardline Islamist groups looks set to play a crucial role in polls next year