Meaghan Tobin

Meaghan Tobin

Meaghan Tobin has nearly a decade of experience spanning journalism and public policy in Washington, Taipei and Beijing. She covered geopolitics, diplomacy and policy trends in Southeast Asia and the Pacific for the Post until April 2020.

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Explainer | Coronavirus is now classified as a pandemic

The designation is not a reflection of its severity, but rather that the Covid-19 outbreak is spreading across the globe.

13 Mar 2020 - 2:48PM

The designation is not a reflection of its severity, but rather that the Covid-19 outbreak is spreading across the globe.

Coronavirus is now classified as a pandemic
Explainer | Why did Saudi Arabia start an oil price war?

Global oil demand was already in the doldrums in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Then Russia and Saudi Arabia had a falling-out.

11 Mar 2020 - 7:22AM

Global oil demand was already in the doldrums in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Then Russia and Saudi Arabia had a falling-out.

Why did Saudi Arabia start an oil price war?
Coronavirus: how big is the threat to Iran?

The country of 83 million people has become an epicentre of the global coronavirus epidemic in the Middle East.

5 Mar 2020 - 8:02PM

The country of 83 million people has become an epicentre of the global coronavirus epidemic in the Middle East.

Coronavirus: how big is the threat to Iran?
Coronavirus quarantine: what is it like in Singapore, the US and France, versus Hong Kong?

From reheated fried rice and delivery burgers on military bases to volleyball games at seaside resorts, a look at how hundreds in Singapore, the US, France and Australia are passing two weeks in quarantine.

26 Feb 2020 - 9:25AM

From reheated fried rice and delivery burgers on military bases to volleyball games at seaside resorts, a look at how hundreds in Singapore, the US, France and Australia are passing two weeks in quarantine.

Coronavirus quarantine: what is it like in Singapore, the US and France, versus Hong Kong?
‘Worse than an aeroplane’: how being confined to a cruise ship fuelled the coronavirus spread

With thousands of people sharing the same confined airspace on board, cruise ships where ‘air circulation is worse than on an aeroplane’ would allow an epidemic to spread.

23 Feb 2020 - 1:21AM

With thousands of people sharing the same confined airspace on board, cruise ships where ‘air circulation is worse than on an aeroplane’ would allow an epidemic to spread.

‘Worse than an aeroplane’: how being confined to a cruise ship fuelled the coronavirus spread
Could the coronavirus crisis sink the cruise industry?

The Diamond Princess disaster raises questions not only about a quarantine procedure seen by some as a ‘cruel human experiment’, but also about the future of a multibillion-dollar industry.

26 Feb 2020 - 11:57AM

The Diamond Princess disaster raises questions not only about a quarantine procedure seen by some as a ‘cruel human experiment’, but also about the future of a multibillion-dollar industry.

Could the coronavirus crisis sink the cruise industry?
Coronavirus: fears rise as Westerdam cruise passengers return to US, Canada and Europe

Operator Holland America said no one on the ship was ill when it docked in Cambodia after being rejected by other countries.

18 Feb 2020 - 5:57PM

Operator Holland America said no one on the ship was ill when it docked in Cambodia after being rejected by other countries.

Coronavirus: fears rise as Westerdam cruise passengers return to US, Canada and Europe
Ending Philippines-US military pact will affect South China Sea disputes: analysts

Experts say it will have an impact on calculations by Southeast Asian countries in the South China Sea dispute and be a ‘huge win for China’

16 Feb 2020 - 12:30PM

Experts say it will have an impact on calculations by Southeast Asian countries in the South China Sea dispute and be a ‘huge win for China’

Ending Philippines-US military pact will affect South China Sea disputes: analysts
Coronavirus: time to admit that like flu, Covid-19 is here to stay?

Some experts think trying to isolate every case of the virus is futile and that people with mild symptoms should recover at home. Others say that is tantamount to giving in.

15 Feb 2020 - 8:13AM

Some experts think trying to isolate every case of the virus is futile and that people with mild symptoms should recover at home. Others say that is tantamount to giving in.

Coronavirus: time to admit that like flu, Covid-19 is here to stay?
Coronavirus: anxiety mounts on Westerdam cruise ship, set adrift over outbreak fears

Holland America cruise ship the MS Westerdam has now been turned away from five ports after setting sail from Hong Kong on February 1. It will now be allowed to dock in Cambodia.

12 Feb 2020 - 8:03PM

Holland America cruise ship the MS Westerdam has now been turned away from five ports after setting sail from Hong Kong on February 1. It will now be allowed to dock in Cambodia.

Coronavirus: anxiety mounts on Westerdam cruise ship, set adrift over outbreak fears
Amid Wuhan virus fears, Asia-Pacific countries weigh economic hit of restricting Chinese travellers

Malaysia says it is not yet time to consider deporting Chinese tourists, as the Philippines has done, while some Pacific nations have banned all travellers from or transiting through China

17 Feb 2020 - 2:12PM

Malaysia says it is not yet time to consider deporting Chinese tourists, as the Philippines has done, while some Pacific nations have banned all travellers from or transiting through China

Amid Wuhan virus fears, Asia-Pacific countries weigh economic hit of restricting Chinese travellers
Indonesia’s arrest of US journalist Philip Jacobson sparks outcry over press freedom

Rights groups and media organisations have condemned the case amid concerns the arrest had more to do with his reporting on environmental and corruption issues than alleged visa violations.

24 Jan 2020 - 8:00AM

Rights groups and media organisations have condemned the case amid concerns the arrest had more to do with his reporting on environmental and corruption issues than alleged visa violations.

Indonesia’s arrest of US journalist Philip Jacobson sparks outcry over press freedom
Asian health officials fear Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is larger than China’s letting on

A surge in the number of people infected on the mainland from 41 to 291 this week amid confirmed cases in Japan, South Korea and Thailand has raised concerns over Beijing’s transparency.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:46PM

A surge in the number of people infected on the mainland from 41 to 291 this week amid confirmed cases in Japan, South Korea and Thailand has raised concerns over Beijing’s transparency.

Asian health officials fear Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is larger than China’s letting on
Are Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia about to get tough on Beijing’s South China Sea claims?

Indonesia’s deployment of warships to the Natunas this week has fuelled speculation that the regional bloc could finally act as one against China’s maritime assertiveness.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:24PM

Indonesia’s deployment of warships to the Natunas this week has fuelled speculation that the regional bloc could finally act as one against China’s maritime assertiveness.

Are Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia about to get tough on Beijing’s South China Sea claims?
Wuhan pneumonia: Asia battens down for Lunar New Year rush

The outbreak of the new strain of coronavirus comes just weeks before tens of millions of Chinese travellers take part in the ‘world’s largest human migration’.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:12PM

The outbreak of the new strain of coronavirus comes just weeks before tens of millions of Chinese travellers take part in the ‘world’s largest human migration’.

Wuhan pneumonia: Asia battens down for Lunar New Year rush
Marshall Islands’ new president David Kabua likely to keep diplomatic ties with Taiwan

David Kabua, a son of its founding leader, is likely to maintain the Pacific island’s relations with Taiwan, observers say.

7 Jan 2020 - 1:21PM

David Kabua, a son of its founding leader, is likely to maintain the Pacific island’s relations with Taiwan, observers say.

Marshall Islands’ new president David Kabua likely to keep diplomatic ties with Taiwan
Elections in Taiwan and Singapore, Kim’s nuclear ambitions, US-China trade war fallout: 20 things to watch in 2020

With continuing disputes in the South China Sea, a leadership transition on the cards in Malaysia and no end in sight for the Hong Kong protests, there’s plenty to watch out for.

3 Jan 2020 - 2:31PM

With continuing disputes in the South China Sea, a leadership transition on the cards in Malaysia and no end in sight for the Hong Kong protests, there’s plenty to watch out for.

Elections in Taiwan and Singapore, Kim’s nuclear ambitions, US-China trade war fallout: 20 things to watch in 2020
The Solomon Islands switched recognition to Beijing – but its largest province still favours Taiwan

The US is interested in funding infrastructure in the pro-Taipei province of Malaita, complicating existing political divisions in the Pacific nation

28 Dec 2019 - 9:14AM

The US is interested in funding infrastructure in the pro-Taipei province of Malaita, complicating existing political divisions in the Pacific nation

The Solomon Islands switched recognition to Beijing – but its largest province still favours Taiwan
Singapore’s fake news law, denuclearisation in North Korea, South China Sea friction: the 10 stories that rocked Asia in 2019

Singapore’s fake news law, denuclearisation in North Korea, South China Sea friction: here are the stories that shook the continent this year, with aftershocks that will be felt long into 2020.

27 Dec 2019 - 11:00AM

Singapore’s fake news law, denuclearisation in North Korea, South China Sea friction: here are the stories that shook the continent this year, with aftershocks that will be felt long into 2020.

Singapore’s fake news law, denuclearisation in North Korea, South China Sea friction: the 10 stories that rocked Asia in 2019
China’s ‘great friendship’ with Micronesia grows warmer, leaving US with strategic headache in Pacific

US financial support expires in 2023 and Beijing has sought to ‘loosen the screws’ on regional alliance with lucrative development deals.

23 Dec 2019 - 5:08PM

US financial support expires in 2023 and Beijing has sought to ‘loosen the screws’ on regional alliance with lucrative development deals.

China’s ‘great friendship’ with Micronesia grows warmer, leaving US with strategic headache in Pacific
Explainer | The US has crippled the WTO’s appeal court. What does this mean for Asia?

Washington’s decision to block the nomination of new judges to the court sees the organisation facing its biggest ever crisis, experts say.

18 Dec 2019 - 7:00AM

Washington’s decision to block the nomination of new judges to the court sees the organisation facing its biggest ever crisis, experts say.

The US has crippled the WTO’s appeal court. What does this mean for Asia?
Smart telecom cables: climate change hope for Pacific or submarine spying tech?

Proponents of new monitoring technology being developed by an international team of scientists say it will provide data on tsunami threats. Sceptics say it could be used for espionage.

14 Dec 2019 - 4:12PM

Proponents of new monitoring technology being developed by an international team of scientists say it will provide data on tsunami threats. Sceptics say it could be used for espionage.

Smart telecom cables: climate change hope for Pacific or submarine spying tech?
US-China tech war’s new battleground: undersea internet cables

A push to connect Pacific nations highlights a submarine struggle for dominance over the world’s technology infrastructure.

14 Dec 2019 - 4:10PM

A push to connect Pacific nations highlights a submarine struggle for dominance over the world’s technology infrastructure.

US-China tech war’s new battleground: undersea internet cables
How did Samoa’s measles outbreak start?

Public health experts warn the outbreak is a cautionary tale for nations with vaccination rates below 90 per cent – such as the Philippines, which reported more than 42,000 cases this year.

5 Aug 2020 - 6:26PM

Public health experts warn the outbreak is a cautionary tale for nations with vaccination rates below 90 per cent – such as the Philippines, which reported more than 42,000 cases this year.

How did Samoa’s measles outbreak start?
Explainer | Why Taiwan, US and China are watching Marshall Islands vote count

The election raises the possibility the island nation – one of Taiwan’s four remaining Pacific allies – will pick a pro-Beijing leader, which could also jeopardise the Marshall Islands’ relationship with the US.

5 Aug 2020 - 6:22PM

The election raises the possibility the island nation – one of Taiwan’s four remaining Pacific allies – will pick a pro-Beijing leader, which could also jeopardise the Marshall Islands’ relationship with the US.

Why Taiwan, US and China are watching Marshall Islands vote count
Why the US, China and Australia are watching as Bougainville votes

Once torn apart by civil war, the autonomous region in Papua New Guinea kicks off a two-week independence vote amid rivalry between the US and China.

23 Nov 2019 - 7:22AM

Once torn apart by civil war, the autonomous region in Papua New Guinea kicks off a two-week independence vote amid rivalry between the US and China.

Why the US, China and Australia are watching as Bougainville votes
As the US and South Korea play hardball on defence, will China emerge the winner?

Tensions in the US-Korea relationship have flared over rumours of a troop drawdown and mixed messages from Washington, causing concerns that Seoul could look to others, including Beijing, for security and defence support.

23 Nov 2019 - 2:09AM

Tensions in the US-Korea relationship have flared over rumours of a troop drawdown and mixed messages from Washington, causing concerns that Seoul could look to others, including Beijing, for security and defence support.

As the US and South Korea play hardball on defence, will China emerge the winner?
Stay or go? Hong Kong’s international students pack their bags amid protest chaos

International students are being called home or face the agonising decision of whether to wait out the unrest.

27 Nov 2019 - 12:53PM

International students are being called home or face the agonising decision of whether to wait out the unrest.

Stay or go? Hong Kong’s international students pack their bags amid protest chaos
US Coast Guard looks to bolster Pacific allegiances as Chinese clout grows

Highest-ranking officer Admiral Karl Schultz says American assistance at sea is an ‘alternative to chequebook diplomacy’.

22 Oct 2019 - 12:20AM

Highest-ranking officer Admiral Karl Schultz says American assistance at sea is an ‘alternative to chequebook diplomacy’.

US Coast Guard looks to bolster Pacific allegiances as Chinese clout grows
Pakistani designer who dressed Princess Diana on his ‘fashion revolution’ and what Kate Middleton wore on her royal tour

The Pakistani designer has made clothes for some of the world’s wealthiest celebrities and royalty, including Princess Diana. But he is also behind a project to revive disappearing craft traditions like needle and threadwork.

20 Oct 2019 - 9:55PM

The Pakistani designer has made clothes for some of the world’s wealthiest celebrities and royalty, including Princess Diana. But he is also behind a project to revive disappearing craft traditions like needle and threadwork.

Pakistani designer who dressed Princess Diana on his ‘fashion revolution’ and what Kate Middleton wore on her royal tour