Joshua Mcdonald

Joshua Mcdonald

Joshua Mcdonald is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. He focuses primarily on international security, politics and health in the Asia-Pacific region. He has previously worked as a correspondent in Central America and The Middle East.

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Pacific Islands fear fallout as US and China jostle for geopolitical influence in region

Analysts say they could also leverage the interests of external powers to drive their own security agenda, especially if they remain united.

Analysts say they could also leverage the interests of external powers to drive their own security agenda, especially if they remain united.

Pacific Islands fear fallout as US and China jostle for geopolitical influence in region
24 Jun 2021 - 11:23AM
Rise of flesh-eating ulcers in Australia’s Victoria state leaves scientists searching for answers

Buruli ulcer first emerged in Australia in the early 1900s, but cases have skyrocketed in recent years. The disease can lead to large open wounds, and if untreated, permanent disfiguration and disability.

Buruli ulcer first emerged in Australia in the early 1900s, but cases have skyrocketed in recent years. The disease can lead to large open wounds, and if untreated, permanent disfiguration and disability.

Rise of flesh-eating ulcers in Australia’s Victoria state leaves scientists searching for answers
11 Apr 2021 - 8:00AM
Kiwis are behind New Zealand’s runaway house prices, not buyers from China or Singapore

While buyers from Japan, Singapore and the Philippines are keen, most supply is being snapped up by New Zealanders owning multiple properties on the back of ultra-low interest rates and post-pandemic demand that have pushed house prices up 23 per cent in the past year.

While buyers from Japan, Singapore and the Philippines are keen, most supply is being snapped up by New Zealanders owning multiple properties on the back of ultra-low interest rates and post-pandemic demand that have pushed house prices up 23 per cent in the past year.

Kiwis are behind New Zealand’s runaway house prices, not buyers from China or Singapore
28 Mar 2021 - 9:49AM
Rift among Pacific islands deals blow to regional unity, stokes fears China will benefit

Five of the Pacific Islands Forum’s 18 members have announced plans to withdraw, prompting concern that disarray presents an opportunity for Beijing.

Five of the Pacific Islands Forum’s 18 members have announced plans to withdraw, prompting concern that disarray presents an opportunity for Beijing.

Rift among Pacific islands deals blow to regional unity, stokes fears China will benefit
9 Feb 2021 - 9:59PM
As China looks to buy telecoms assets in the Pacific islands, can Australia jam the call?

Analysts say state-owned China Mobile’s purchase of Digicel will allow Beijing to spy on Australia’s neighbours, with Canberra now apparently willing to finance a potential buyer to fend off China’s advances.

Analysts say state-owned China Mobile’s purchase of Digicel will allow Beijing to spy on Australia’s neighbours, with Canberra now apparently willing to finance a potential buyer to fend off China’s advances.

As China looks to buy telecoms assets in the Pacific islands, can Australia jam the call?
31 Jan 2021 - 8:13PM
In Fiji, bomb attack claims against Indo-Fijian attorney-general stoke racial tensions

Siblings from a political family claim Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum tried to kill them as part of a plot by an Indo-Fijian pro-democracy group after the 1987 coup.

Siblings from a political family claim Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum tried to kill them as part of a plot by an Indo-Fijian pro-democracy group after the 1987 coup.

In Fiji, bomb attack claims against Indo-Fijian attorney-general stoke racial tensions
15 Dec 2020 - 4:04PM
In one US-China battle, Americans have taken the lead: ‘golden’ visa applications to New Zealand

Political uncertainty and the Covid-19 pandemic are driving some Americans to apply for visas to New Zealand, overtaking Chinese applicants.

Political uncertainty and the Covid-19 pandemic are driving some Americans to apply for visas to New Zealand, overtaking Chinese applicants.

In one US-China battle, Americans have taken the lead: ‘golden’ visa applications to New Zealand
4 Mar 2021 - 11:08AM
Coronavirus: Melbourne parties as 112-day lockdown ends, but health experts urge caution

Residents of Australia’s cultural capital were quick to celebrate the city overcoming its second wave of infection, but the lockdown was bad for business – and specialists warn this is far from ‘game over’.

Residents of Australia’s cultural capital were quick to celebrate the city overcoming its second wave of infection, but the lockdown was bad for business – and specialists warn this is far from ‘game over’.

Coronavirus: Melbourne parties as 112-day lockdown ends, but health experts urge caution
29 Oct 2020 - 8:11AM
China’s shadow looms as New Caledonia decides whether to leave France

The Pacific island overseas territory will hold an independence referendum this weekend on whether to finally break ties with its long-time colonial master, with some betting that China could step into the void.

The Pacific island overseas territory will hold an independence referendum this weekend on whether to finally break ties with its long-time colonial master, with some betting that China could step into the void.

China’s shadow looms as New Caledonia decides whether to leave France
30 Sep 2020 - 9:23PM
Why is the shark-fin trade buoyant while Covid-19 sinks the global economy?

Record-breaking seizures of smuggled fins show that a growing appetite from Asia is taking a toll on underwater ecosystems and fishing communities.

Record-breaking seizures of smuggled fins show that a growing appetite from Asia is taking a toll on underwater ecosystems and fishing communities.

Why is the shark-fin trade buoyant while Covid-19 sinks the global economy?
6 Sep 2020 - 12:49PM
As Australia’s drug habit booms, Asia’s El Chapo has coronavirus to thank

Covid-19 might be fatal for many firms, but in Australia it has created the perfect business conditions for a shadowy gang known as ‘The Company’ to peddle drugs.

Covid-19 might be fatal for many firms, but in Australia it has created the perfect business conditions for a shadowy gang known as ‘The Company’ to peddle drugs.

As Australia’s drug habit booms, Asia’s El Chapo has coronavirus to thank
23 Aug 2020 - 7:46AM
Chinese diplomat pictured walking on locals’ backs highlights Pacific power struggle

The episode has shown how closely Beijing’s ties with Pacific island nations are being scrutinised amid a battle between the US and China for influence in the region.

The episode has shown how closely Beijing’s ties with Pacific island nations are being scrutinised amid a battle between the US and China for influence in the region.

Chinese diplomat pictured walking on locals’ backs highlights Pacific power struggle
21 Aug 2020 - 9:04PM
Loss of Chinese buyers: final straw for Australia’s property market?

A mix of Covid-19, falling immigration and a mismatch in supply and demand are proving a toxic mix for property in Sydney and Melbourne. And to top it off, interest from Chinese buyers is slumping.

A mix of Covid-19, falling immigration and a mismatch in supply and demand are proving a toxic mix for property in Sydney and Melbourne. And to top it off, interest from Chinese buyers is slumping.

Loss of Chinese buyers: final straw for Australia’s property market?
20 Jul 2020 - 6:21AM
Is China really behind a malicious plot to buy up Australia’s water?

Fraying diplomatic ties between Canberra and Beijing have led to talk of conspiracy, but China owns just 1.9 per cent of Australia’s water market.

Fraying diplomatic ties between Canberra and Beijing have led to talk of conspiracy, but China owns just 1.9 per cent of Australia’s water market.

Is China really behind a malicious plot to buy up Australia’s water?
13 Jul 2020 - 11:53AM
Could a US$14 billion Australian solar farm provide a fifth of Singapore’s energy?

A Singapore firm plans to provide a fifth of the city’s energy through an undersea cable linked to a solar farm 3,800km away in Australia. And a billionaire backer says that’s not as ‘insane’ as it may sound.

A Singapore firm plans to provide a fifth of the city’s energy through an undersea cable linked to a solar farm 3,800km away in Australia. And a billionaire backer says that’s not as ‘insane’ as it may sound.

Could a US$14 billion Australian solar farm provide a fifth of Singapore’s energy?
6 Jul 2020 - 6:30AM
Chinese investors seek a coronavirus haven in New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern’s success in containing Covid-19 is helping to fuel investment interest in New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern’s success in containing Covid-19 is helping to fuel investment interest in New Zealand.

Chinese investors seek a coronavirus haven in New Zealand
6 Jun 2020 - 8:52AM
Australia-New Zealand travel bubble with Fiji and Pacific islands ‘can counter China’

A ‘trans-Pacific travel bubble’ could boost Canberra in its strategic competition with Beijing for hearts and minds, but one-upmanship could end in a game of ‘whack-a-mole’, experts warn.

A ‘trans-Pacific travel bubble’ could boost Canberra in its strategic competition with Beijing for hearts and minds, but one-upmanship could end in a game of ‘whack-a-mole’, experts warn.

Australia-New Zealand travel bubble with Fiji and Pacific islands ‘can counter China’
20 May 2020 - 11:03PM
Calls mount for Australia to help international students facing financial hardship due to Covid-19

Foreign students in Australia’s US$24 billion education industry have been told to go home if they run out of funds. But the economy could lose up to US$38.4 billion over the next three years if they can’t return, according to one estimate.

Foreign students in Australia’s US$24 billion education industry have been told to go home if they run out of funds. But the economy could lose up to US$38.4 billion over the next three years if they can’t return, according to one estimate.

Calls mount for Australia to help international students facing financial hardship due to Covid-19
5 May 2020 - 9:19PM