Meaghan Tobin

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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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.

18 Jan 2020 - 9:35PM

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’.

10 Jan 2020 - 1:03AM

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
Anti-vaxxers’ claims fuel Samoa measles epidemic, with 65 deaths before Christmas

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.

7 Dec 2019 - 3:02PM

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.

Anti-vaxxers’ claims fuel Samoa measles epidemic, with 65 deaths before Christmas
Explainer | Explained: 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.

26 Nov 2019 - 8:45PM

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.

Explained: 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
From Russia with guns: why is Southeast Asia buying arms from Moscow, not Washington?

Russia sold US$6.6 billion in arms to the region between 2010 and 2017, as Southeast Asian nations spend more on defence as a hedge against China’s rise – particularly those involved in disputes in the South China Sea.

12 Oct 2019 - 4:06PM

Russia sold US$6.6 billion in arms to the region between 2010 and 2017, as Southeast Asian nations spend more on defence as a hedge against China’s rise – particularly those involved in disputes in the South China Sea.

From Russia with guns: why is Southeast Asia buying arms from Moscow, not Washington?
Russia romances Southeast Asia with trade and arms, but it’s no match for China

Russian overtures have been welcomed by Southeast Asia amid trade war uncertainties and disputes in the South China Sea. But even in embracing Moscow, the countries are well aware of the limits of this courtship.  

12 Dec 2019 - 1:35PM

Russian overtures have been welcomed by Southeast Asia amid trade war uncertainties and disputes in the South China Sea. But even in embracing Moscow, the countries are well aware of the limits of this courtship.  

Russia romances Southeast Asia with trade and arms, but it’s no match for China
Indonesia’s Joko Widodo promises probe after violent unrest leaves two students dead

Protests over changes to Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency present a difficult balancing act for the president, who must tiptoe the line between conservative elites and populist pressures.

12 Dec 2019 - 1:24PM

Protests over changes to Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency present a difficult balancing act for the president, who must tiptoe the line between conservative elites and populist pressures.

Indonesia’s Joko Widodo promises probe after violent unrest leaves two students dead
In Indonesia, student clashes with police over new laws spark comparisons with Hong Kong

Thousands of students have protested against controversial legal changes that would discriminate against minorities, restrict free speech and hamper graft investigations.

26 Sep 2019 - 10:22AM

Thousands of students have protested against controversial legal changes that would discriminate against minorities, restrict free speech and hamper graft investigations.

In Indonesia, student clashes with police over new laws spark comparisons with Hong Kong
Explainer | What the US Fed’s interest rate cut means for Asian consumers

The last time the Fed slashed rates, central banks from India to Indonesia followed suit. Experts expect a similar response this time. And that’s a good thing – but there are caveats.

21 Sep 2019 - 11:10AM

The last time the Fed slashed rates, central banks from India to Indonesia followed suit. Experts expect a similar response this time. And that’s a good thing – but there are caveats.

What the US Fed’s interest rate cut means for Asian consumers
US-China trade war will continue as costs to both sides are minimal, says Singapore economist

Singapore economist Tan Kong Yam said the economic confrontation had roiled other economies more and could end up being the ‘sideshow’ as Washington and Beijing battle it out for technological supremacy.

20 Sep 2019 - 10:40PM

Singapore economist Tan Kong Yam said the economic confrontation had roiled other economies more and could end up being the ‘sideshow’ as Washington and Beijing battle it out for technological supremacy.

US-China trade war will continue as costs to both sides are minimal, says Singapore economist
Choose Beijing over Taipei, Solomon Islands task force recommends amid changing tides in Pacific

With China pumping funds into aid and infrastructure projects in the Pacific, island nations are reassessing their ties with Taiwan.

13 Sep 2019 - 10:30PM

With China pumping funds into aid and infrastructure projects in the Pacific, island nations are reassessing their ties with Taiwan.

Choose Beijing over Taipei, Solomon Islands task force recommends amid changing tides in Pacific
Washington sees no distinction between Huawei and Beijing, top US cybersecurity official says

The overlap between Huawei and the Chinese government ‘raises very serious concerns’, says Robert Strayer, deputy assistant secretary of state for cyber and international communications.

13 Sep 2019 - 2:14AM

The overlap between Huawei and the Chinese government ‘raises very serious concerns’, says Robert Strayer, deputy assistant secretary of state for cyber and international communications.

Washington sees no distinction between Huawei and Beijing, top US cybersecurity official says
‘It all started from Hong Kong’: two of Southeast Asia’s richest men on early success and the belt and road plan’s future

The Thai and Indonesian business titans discuss how the city played an essential role on their way to the top – and will do so today for investments related to Xi Jinping’s ambitious global trade strategy.

18 Dec 2019 - 2:35PM

The Thai and Indonesian business titans discuss how the city played an essential role on their way to the top – and will do so today for investments related to Xi Jinping’s ambitious global trade strategy.

‘It all started from Hong Kong’: two of Southeast Asia’s richest men on early success and the belt and road plan’s future
Explainer | Explained: what’s behind the revived dispute between Philippines and Malaysia over Sabah?

Manila recently reignited an old row with Malaysia over Sabah, a founding state of the Malaysian Federation that was historically under the rule of a Philippines-based sultanate.

11 Sep 2019 - 9:21PM

Manila recently reignited an old row with Malaysia over Sabah, a founding state of the Malaysian Federation that was historically under the rule of a Philippines-based sultanate.

Explained: what’s behind the revived dispute between Philippines and Malaysia over Sabah?
As US and China compete in the Indo-Pacific, Australia pledges to boost East Timor naval base

Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged to invest in naval infrastructure in East Timor and connect it to an Australian undersea cable system during his visit to the country, to mark the 20th anniversary of its independence referendum.

3 Sep 2019 - 5:00PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged to invest in naval infrastructure in East Timor and connect it to an Australian undersea cable system during his visit to the country, to mark the 20th anniversary of its independence referendum.

As US and China compete in the Indo-Pacific, Australia pledges to boost East Timor naval base
Coca-Cola’s ‘jigri’ campaign to push pocket-sized bottles falls flat in Nepal

The drinks giant’s attempt to market its product in smaller bottles has been met with a social media backlash in the Himalayan nation, which is already grappling with litter and pollution.

28 Aug 2019 - 4:31PM

The drinks giant’s attempt to market its product in smaller bottles has been met with a social media backlash in the Himalayan nation, which is already grappling with litter and pollution.

Coca-Cola’s ‘jigri’ campaign to push pocket-sized bottles falls flat in Nepal
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.

26 Aug 2019 - 4:39PM

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?