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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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.

6 Sep 2020 - 12:49PM

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?
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.

23 Aug 2020 - 7:46AM

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
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.

21 Aug 2020 - 9:04PM

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
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.

20 Jul 2020 - 6:21AM

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?
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.

13 Jul 2020 - 11:53AM

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?
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.

6 Jul 2020 - 6:30AM

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?
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.

6 Jun 2020 - 8:52AM

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
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.

20 May 2020 - 11:03PM

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’
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.

5 May 2020 - 9:19PM

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
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