Meaghan Tobin

Meaghan Tobin has nearly a decade of experience spanning journalism and public policy in Washington, Taipei and Beijing. For the Post, she covers geopolitics, diplomacy and policy trends in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Meaghan Tobin
Meaghan Tobin has nearly a decade of experience spanning journalism and public policy in Washington, Taipei and Beijing. For the Post, she covers geopolitics, diplomacy and policy trends in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

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Is Chinese support for Pacific nations shaping their stance on Indonesia’s West Papua?

The island nations are unified in support of a UN investigation into human rights abuses in the province, putting pressure on Jakarta, as growing Chinese influence in the region provides them an alternative source of financial support.

24 Aug 2019 - 11:54AM

The island nations are unified in support of a UN investigation into human rights abuses in the province, putting pressure on Jakarta, as growing Chinese influence in the region provides them an alternative source of financial support.

Is Chinese support for Pacific nations shaping their stance on Indonesia’s West Papua?
US$16 billion ‘hoax’: reports of Chinese loan for East Timor gas project were politically motivated, says foreign minister

East Timor is looking for international partners to finance its Greater Sunrise gas project, tapping some of the country’s last remaining resources

24 Aug 2019 - 9:16AM

East Timor is looking for international partners to finance its Greater Sunrise gas project, tapping some of the country’s last remaining resources

US$16 billion ‘hoax’: reports of Chinese loan for East Timor gas project were politically motivated, says foreign minister
East Timor’s China friendship won’t compromise its national interests: foreign minister

Dionísio da Costa Babo Soares tells sceptics of Dili’s ties with Beijing that it is not a ‘new, fragile country’ that would be swayed by the largesse of others.

24 Aug 2019 - 9:17AM

Dionísio da Costa Babo Soares tells sceptics of Dili’s ties with Beijing that it is not a ‘new, fragile country’ that would be swayed by the largesse of others.

East Timor’s China friendship won’t compromise its national interests: foreign minister
Pakistanis in Hong Kong condemn Modi’s move to strip Indian-held Kashmir of autonomy

Since August 4, parts of Indian-held Jammu & Kashmir have been under lockdown, with communications cut and freedom of movement restricted.

17 Aug 2019 - 11:33AM

Since August 4, parts of Indian-held Jammu & Kashmir have been under lockdown, with communications cut and freedom of movement restricted.

Pakistanis in Hong Kong condemn Modi’s move to strip Indian-held Kashmir of autonomy
Explained: how Taiwan’s Pacific allies are being wooed by mainland China

Many of Taiwan’s remaining diplomatic allies will join world leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum this week.

13 Aug 2019 - 12:24PM

Many of Taiwan’s remaining diplomatic allies will join world leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum this week.

Explained: how Taiwan’s Pacific allies are being wooed by mainland China
In Myanmar, 5G tests in Yangon, but a seven-week web blackout in restive Rakhine

An estimated 1 million people living in a conflict zone in the western part of the country have been without internet access since June 21.

12 Aug 2019 - 12:01PM

An estimated 1 million people living in a conflict zone in the western part of the country have been without internet access since June 21.

In Myanmar, 5G tests in Yangon, but a seven-week web blackout in restive Rakhine
China courts Pacific island states in pursuit of ‘foothold’ as US risks losing influence, Rand report warns

Analysts say Beijing considers the island nations a critical part of its belt and road strategy, and views economic support for infrastructure projects as a stepping stone towards increased military presence.

8 Aug 2019 - 10:16PM

Analysts say Beijing considers the island nations a critical part of its belt and road strategy, and views economic support for infrastructure projects as a stepping stone towards increased military presence.

China courts Pacific island states in pursuit of ‘foothold’ as US risks losing influence, Rand report warns
Mike Pompeo’s visit to Micronesia highlights US anxiety about rising Chinese influence in Pacific

The US Secretary of State on Monday met leaders of Pacific island nations where the US maintains exclusive defence access.

5 Aug 2019 - 10:39PM

The US Secretary of State on Monday met leaders of Pacific island nations where the US maintains exclusive defence access.

Mike Pompeo’s visit to Micronesia highlights US anxiety about rising Chinese influence in Pacific
East Timor wants to tap oil and gas near Australia, so why is it courting China?

International energy firms have left the country in the lurch by pulling out of a critical offshore project near Darwin, which has left Dili with only one place to turn.

4 Aug 2019 - 10:00AM

International energy firms have left the country in the lurch by pulling out of a critical offshore project near Darwin, which has left Dili with only one place to turn.

East Timor wants to tap oil and gas near Australia, so why is it courting China?
Chinese cash: enough to keep East Timor out of Asean?

Southeast Asia’s youngest nation faces a Catch-22 in ties with China. To join Asean, it needs to improve its economy, but accepting China’s help may jeopardise its chances.

4 Aug 2019 - 10:05AM

Southeast Asia’s youngest nation faces a Catch-22 in ties with China. To join Asean, it needs to improve its economy, but accepting China’s help may jeopardise its chances.

Chinese cash: enough to keep East Timor out of Asean?
US steps up its activities in the Pacific to counter China’s growing influence: Coast Guard chief

Admiral Karl Schultz says there are ‘clear indicators’ of Beijing’s increased presence in the Pacific. The Coast Guard plans to offer themselves as a ‘partner of choice’ to nations in the region and help protect their sovereign interests.

23 Jul 2019 - 10:33PM

Admiral Karl Schultz says there are ‘clear indicators’ of Beijing’s increased presence in the Pacific. The Coast Guard plans to offer themselves as a ‘partner of choice’ to nations in the region and help protect their sovereign interests.

US steps up its activities in the Pacific to counter China’s growing influence: Coast Guard chief
Will Donald Trump’s trade crusade ultimately benefit Southeast Asia?

The US is turning its attention to countries used by Chinese firms as a pit stop to avoid tariffs, but experts say a crackdown could see Southeast Asian economies benefit.

22 Jul 2019 - 4:24PM

The US is turning its attention to countries used by Chinese firms as a pit stop to avoid tariffs, but experts say a crackdown could see Southeast Asian economies benefit.

Will Donald Trump’s trade crusade ultimately benefit Southeast Asia?
Is Vanuatu’s deportation of six Chinese nationals an erosion of its democratic rights at Beijing’s bidding?

The Pacific nation’s government has defended the actions as routine law enforcement, but critics fear its rule of law is being undermined as the case takes place against a backdrop of global misgivings about China’s legal system.

11 Jul 2019 - 10:16AM

The Pacific nation’s government has defended the actions as routine law enforcement, but critics fear its rule of law is being undermined as the case takes place against a backdrop of global misgivings about China’s legal system.

Is Vanuatu’s deportation of six Chinese nationals an erosion of its democratic rights at Beijing’s bidding?
Amal Clooney to defend journalist Maria Ressa, one of Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest critics, on charges of tax evasion and libel

Clooney also defended two Reuters journalists who were jailed for more than 16 months in Myanmar before being freed in May.

11 Jul 2019 - 2:15PM

Clooney also defended two Reuters journalists who were jailed for more than 16 months in Myanmar before being freed in May.

Amal Clooney to defend journalist Maria Ressa, one of Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest critics, on charges of tax evasion and libel
Explainer | Explained: the difference between the RCEP and the CPTPP

The trade pact, if it goes ahead, would create the world’s largest trade bloc, encompassing a quarter of global GDP

7 Jul 2019 - 2:38PM

The trade pact, if it goes ahead, would create the world’s largest trade bloc, encompassing a quarter of global GDP

Explained: the difference between the RCEP and the CPTPP
New Delhi and Beijing cannot let differences turn into disputes: India’s ambassador to China

Ambassador Vikram Misri also says India will not take sides over its use of US-blacklisted Huawei, as ‘any decision taken over this will only be taken in our national interest’.

5 Jul 2019 - 11:14PM

Ambassador Vikram Misri also says India will not take sides over its use of US-blacklisted Huawei, as ‘any decision taken over this will only be taken in our national interest’.

New Delhi and Beijing cannot let differences turn into disputes: India’s ambassador to China
Explainer | Explained: why the G20 summit matters for Asia (and Asean)

Asia’s major economies have become increasingly important at the multilateral forum, which experts say is an opportunity for the likes of China and Japan to step into leadership roles formerly dominated by the West.

28 Jun 2019 - 7:15PM

Asia’s major economies have become increasingly important at the multilateral forum, which experts say is an opportunity for the likes of China and Japan to step into leadership roles formerly dominated by the West.

Explained: why the G20 summit matters for Asia (and Asean)
Going global: could halal be the next kosher?

Those promoting the expansion of halal certification hope that, like kosher, it will be recognised as a symbol of quality, even by consumers not buying for religious reasons.

24 Jun 2019 - 12:56PM

Those promoting the expansion of halal certification hope that, like kosher, it will be recognised as a symbol of quality, even by consumers not buying for religious reasons.

Going global: could halal be the next kosher?
Islam-friendly coconuts: has Malaysia’s halal drive gone too far?

Hoping to become a global halal hub, Malaysia has tapped into the potential of extending the definition of halal to cover transport, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, health care and even banking.

25 Jun 2019 - 10:50PM

Hoping to become a global halal hub, Malaysia has tapped into the potential of extending the definition of halal to cover transport, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, health care and even banking.

Islam-friendly coconuts: has Malaysia’s halal drive gone too far?
Sanctions drive Iranian students away from US, UK and towards Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines

Top US and British universities are losing favour with ambitious young Iranians as Washington’s increasingly hostile ties with Tehran push them towards Asia.

15 Jun 2019 - 2:54PM

Top US and British universities are losing favour with ambitious young Iranians as Washington’s increasingly hostile ties with Tehran push them towards Asia.

Sanctions drive Iranian students away from US, UK  and towards Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines
Oil tanker attacks: did Iran’s ties with China just go up in smoke?

Washington has blamed Tehran for an attack on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, putting pressure on Iran’s allies like China. Beijing usually backs its trade partner, but its trade war with the US may have changed the equation.

16 Jun 2019 - 10:44AM

Washington has blamed Tehran for an attack on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, putting pressure on Iran’s allies like China. Beijing usually backs its trade partner, but its trade war with the US may have changed the equation.

Oil tanker attacks: did Iran’s ties with China just go up in smoke?
Amid US-China trade war, could EU be next to join the CPTPP?

To hedge against future disruptions, the 11-nation trade bloc known as CPTPP could join forces with the EU, suggest regional experts in an Asia Society paper.

7 Jun 2019 - 10:15PM

To hedge against future disruptions, the 11-nation trade bloc known as CPTPP could join forces with the EU, suggest regional experts in an Asia Society paper.

Amid US-China trade war, could EU be next to join the CPTPP?
US-China battle for influence prompts Donald Trump to welcome leaders of South Pacific island nations to the White House

The presidents of Palau, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia are making the historic visit as the US tries to shore up its power base in the Indo-Pacific. Experts say Beijing’s growing economic ties with those states have Washington worried.

22 May 2019 - 2:58PM

The presidents of Palau, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia are making the historic visit as the US tries to shore up its power base in the Indo-Pacific. Experts say Beijing’s growing economic ties with those states have Washington worried.

US-China battle for influence prompts Donald Trump to welcome leaders of South Pacific island nations to the White House
Australian election: was the Labor Party’s loss a setback for China’s interests?

Even though Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stayed in power, experts say US-China tensions mean Canberra will soon have to decide between its strategic ally and its largest economic partner.

21 May 2019 - 4:12PM

Even though Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stayed in power, experts say US-China tensions mean Canberra will soon have to decide between its strategic ally and its largest economic partner.

Australian election: was the Labor Party’s loss a setback for China’s interests?
Trump’s Huawei ‘ban’ gives Asian tech firms 70 billion reasons to worry

The move has sent suppliers scrambling to see how they will be affected, particularly those who rely on Huawei as their main customer. More than half of its core suppliers are from Asia, and many see their shares tumble.

21 May 2019 - 3:45PM

The move has sent suppliers scrambling to see how they will be affected, particularly those who rely on Huawei as their main customer. More than half of its core suppliers are from Asia, and many see their shares tumble.

Trump’s Huawei ‘ban’ gives Asian tech firms 70 billion reasons to worry
The spoils of trade war: Asia’s winners and losers in US-China clash

Tiger economies like Hong Kong will feel the bite from Trump’s trade war with China, but Asia’s low-cost manufacturers stand to gain. Still, it’s a fleeting victory – in the long term, everyone’s a loser.

19 May 2019 - 2:31AM

Tiger economies like Hong Kong will feel the bite from Trump’s trade war with China, but Asia’s low-cost manufacturers stand to gain. Still, it’s a fleeting victory – in the long term, everyone’s a loser.

The spoils of trade war: Asia’s winners and losers in US-China clash
The Chinese-Australian community’s votes are a hot ticket, so why are politicians keeping them at arm’s length?

The growing number of ethnic Chinese voters means Australia’s Labor and Liberal parties are courting them actively but cautiously, for fear of being labelled as pro-Beijing.

17 May 2019 - 9:11AM

The growing number of ethnic Chinese voters means Australia’s Labor and Liberal parties are courting them actively but cautiously, for fear of being labelled as pro-Beijing.

The Chinese-Australian community’s votes are a hot ticket, so why are politicians keeping them at arm’s length?
Fears of China and WeChat as Australia heads to the polls

As Australia goes to the polls and the two main political parties woo the growing group of ethnic Chinese voters, concerns are growing over Beijing’s influence on local Chinese-language media.

16 May 2019 - 3:53PM

As Australia goes to the polls and the two main political parties woo the growing group of ethnic Chinese voters, concerns are growing over Beijing’s influence on local Chinese-language media.

Fears of China and WeChat as Australia heads to the polls
Can China become the wine world’s next California?

The US state took 40 years to become one of the world’s great wine regions. China wants to do it in 10.

13 May 2019 - 11:47AM

The US state took 40 years to become one of the world’s great wine regions. China wants to do it in 10.

Can China become the wine world’s next California?
Regional investors bet big on China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s first bond. Can it deliver?

International development bank’s US$2.5 billion inaugural bond helps secure place among global financial institutions, but critics remain sceptical AIIB can achieve real results.

11 May 2019 - 6:25AM

International development bank’s US$2.5 billion inaugural bond helps secure place among global financial institutions, but critics remain sceptical AIIB can achieve real results.

Regional investors bet big on China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s first bond. Can it deliver?