Meaghan Tobin

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Who’s afraid of Huawei? Where Asia stands on China’s 5G tech giant

A whole host of Asian nations have embraced the Chinese tech giant, but there are still a few outliers that have looked to hedge their bets.

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A whole host of Asian nations have embraced the Chinese tech giant, but there are still a few outliers that have looked to hedge their bets.

Who’s afraid of Huawei? Where Asia stands on China’s 5G tech giant
My way or the Huawei: how US ultimatum over China’s 5G giant fell flat in Southeast Asia

5G technology is coming to Southeast Asia, and the odds are Huawei’s technology will be driving it. That’s despite the US trying to poison the well against its Chinese competitor. So why is no-one listening to Uncle Sam?

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5G technology is coming to Southeast Asia, and the odds are Huawei’s technology will be driving it. That’s despite the US trying to poison the well against its Chinese competitor. So why is no-one listening to Uncle Sam?

My way or the Huawei: how US ultimatum over China’s 5G giant fell flat in Southeast Asia
Indonesia’s chocolate dream: sustainable cocoa farming

Asia’s biggest producer of cocoa beans is looking to diversify and make more top-quality beans. But a decline in crop quantity and quality threatens the industry.

19 Apr 2019 - 2:39PM

Asia’s biggest producer of cocoa beans is looking to diversify and make more top-quality beans. But a decline in crop quantity and quality threatens the industry.

Indonesia’s chocolate dream: sustainable cocoa farming
By land, air, sea or elephant: 1 billion people across India, Indonesia and Australia prepare to vote by any means

Indonesia is made up entirely of islands, India has 1 million voting stations to disperse and Australia has to reach extremely remote communities. But officials in all three have a plan to include everyone in the democratic process.

12 Apr 2019 - 8:00AM

Indonesia is made up entirely of islands, India has 1 million voting stations to disperse and Australia has to reach extremely remote communities. But officials in all three have a plan to include everyone in the democratic process.

By land, air, sea or elephant: 1 billion people across India, Indonesia and Australia prepare to vote by any means
Asia Briefing: Elections in Thailand and Indonesia, and the resurgence of measles in Southeast Asia

Analysing the recent Thai election result, assessing the players and politics driving the Indonesian election, and a look at the Southeast Asian factors behind the recent measles outbreak

10 Apr 2019 - 9:22AM

Analysing the recent Thai election result, assessing the players and politics driving the Indonesian election, and a look at the Southeast Asian factors behind the recent measles outbreak

Asia Briefing: Elections in Thailand and Indonesia, and the resurgence of measles in Southeast Asia
‘Asia loves jackfruit’: Britain's Guardian newspaper told to stop maligning ‘silky-sweet’ delicacy

Asian social media users have been up in arms over a British columnist’s hot take on the much beloved tropical fruit.

6 Apr 2019 - 4:38AM

Asian social media users have been up in arms over a British columnist’s hot take on the much beloved tropical fruit.

‘Asia loves jackfruit’: Britain's Guardian newspaper told to stop maligning ‘silky-sweet’ delicacy
Measles cases spike in Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines as anti-vaxxers take to social media

The Philippines and Indonesia have had the world’s second- and third- highest rates of measles, behind India, for the past two years. Mistrust, fraud, religious and ethical concerns are fuelling anti-vaccine sentiment.

1 Apr 2019 - 11:05AM

The Philippines and Indonesia have had the world’s second- and third- highest rates of measles, behind India, for the past two years. Mistrust, fraud, religious and ethical concerns are fuelling anti-vaccine sentiment.

Measles cases spike in Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines as anti-vaxxers take to social media
In Philippines, support mounts for South China Sea ‘crimes against humanity’ case against Xi Jinping

More than 25,000 people have signed a statement of support for two former officials who claim China’s artificial island building has blocked 320,000 Filipinos from their fishing grounds. But Beijing has no plans to respond

27 Mar 2019 - 10:54AM

More than 25,000 people have signed a statement of support for two former officials who claim China’s artificial island building has blocked 320,000 Filipinos from their fishing grounds. But Beijing has no plans to respond

In Philippines, support mounts for South China Sea ‘crimes against humanity’ case against Xi Jinping
Armed with lessons from Theranos fraud, whistleblower Erika Cheung takes aim at Hong Kong’s start-up scene

Five years after exposing the flaws in the famous Silicon Valley fraud’s main product, Erika Cheung wants to revolutionise Hong Kong’s start-up scene – and ensure entrepreneurs keep a strong sense of ethics.

27 Mar 2019 - 8:14AM

Five years after exposing the flaws in the famous Silicon Valley fraud’s main product, Erika Cheung wants to revolutionise Hong Kong’s start-up scene – and ensure entrepreneurs keep a strong sense of ethics.

Armed with lessons from Theranos fraud, whistleblower Erika Cheung takes aim at Hong Kong’s start-up scene
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to meet Xi Jinping in Beijing amid tensions over Huawei

A discussion on upgrades to the free trade agreement is on the agenda in Jacinda Ardern’s first trip to China since taking office in 2017.

25 Mar 2019 - 11:39PM

A discussion on upgrades to the free trade agreement is on the agenda in Jacinda Ardern’s first trip to China since taking office in 2017.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to meet Xi Jinping in Beijing amid tensions over Huawei
Hong Kong or Singapore: who to trust on China’s belt and road disputes?

As the two cities vie to be the destination of choice for settling legal disputes over Xi Jinping’s signature project they face an uneasy task: keeping China comfortable while assuring foreign parties they won’t be unduly influenced

25 Mar 2019 - 11:51AM

As the two cities vie to be the destination of choice for settling legal disputes over Xi Jinping’s signature project they face an uneasy task: keeping China comfortable while assuring foreign parties they won’t be unduly influenced

Hong Kong or Singapore: who to trust on China’s belt and road disputes?
US ‘keen’ for Thailand to return to elected government, top diplomat says

W. Patrick Murphy says democracy has served Thais well and the US is hopeful the March 24 poll will produce such results, amid expectations civilian rule will help normalise bilateral ties, which chilled after the junta seized power in 2014.

22 Mar 2019 - 10:44PM

W. Patrick Murphy says democracy has served Thais well and the US is hopeful the March 24 poll will produce such results, amid expectations civilian rule will help normalise bilateral ties, which chilled after the junta seized power in 2014.

US ‘keen’ for Thailand to return to elected government, top diplomat says
Thailand’s princess Ubolratana attends wedding of Thaksin Shinawatra’s daughter in Hong Kong

The princess, whose bid to run as a prime ministerial candidate was vetoed by her brother the king last month, was greeted by the Shinawatra family as she entered the Rosewood Hotel.

22 Mar 2019 - 11:48PM

The princess, whose bid to run as a prime ministerial candidate was vetoed by her brother the king last month, was greeted by the Shinawatra family as she entered the Rosewood Hotel.

Thailand’s princess Ubolratana attends wedding of Thaksin Shinawatra’s daughter in Hong Kong
From Kyoto to Kansas City, it’s Indonesian tuna on the world’s sushi counters

Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of tuna, accounting for roughly 16 per cent of global production last year. Tuna exports to the US, its largest market, have soared 130 per cent since 2014.

20 Mar 2019 - 4:51PM

Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of tuna, accounting for roughly 16 per cent of global production last year. Tuna exports to the US, its largest market, have soared 130 per cent since 2014.

From Kyoto to Kansas City, it’s Indonesian tuna on the world’s sushi counters
‘Let’s learn from Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad’: is Thailand about to ditch China for the US?

Pro-democracy politicians say the post-election future will see Thailand recalibrate its ties with China and throw doubt on a troubled rail link. Sound familiar?

16 Mar 2019 - 1:19PM

Pro-democracy politicians say the post-election future will see Thailand recalibrate its ties with China and throw doubt on a troubled rail link. Sound familiar?

‘Let’s learn from Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad’: is Thailand about to ditch China for the US?
Asia Briefing: What next for North Korea? What next in Vietnam’s trade, tech and tourism transformation?

We discuss what comes next after the failure of the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, look at Vietnam’s economic windfall from the US-China trade war, and analyse the huge South Korean tourism trade and its push to become the Silicon Valley of South East Asia

13 Mar 2019 - 8:51AM

We discuss what comes next after the failure of the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, look at Vietnam’s economic windfall from the US-China trade war, and analyse the huge South Korean tourism trade and its push to become the Silicon Valley of South East Asia

Asia Briefing: What next for North Korea? What next in Vietnam’s trade, tech and tourism transformation?
China agrees to launch tourism campaign with New Zealand on March 29 after delaying it amid brewing tensions

Bilateral relations were strained last year by Wellington’s ban on Chinese telecoms giant Huawei being involved in the country’s 5G roll-out

12 Mar 2019 - 10:37AM

Bilateral relations were strained last year by Wellington’s ban on Chinese telecoms giant Huawei being involved in the country’s 5G roll-out

China agrees to launch tourism campaign with New Zealand on March 29 after delaying it amid brewing tensions
Explainer | Explained: how India and Pakistan became nuclear states

India and Pakistan are among the world’s nine nuclear weapons states, alongside China, France, Israel, North Korea, Russia, the United Kingdom and the US.

7 Mar 2019 - 12:21PM

India and Pakistan are among the world’s nine nuclear weapons states, alongside China, France, Israel, North Korea, Russia, the United Kingdom and the US.

Explained: how India and Pakistan became nuclear states
Explainer | Explained: what next for North Korea after failed Trump-Kim summit?

Will both sides iron out their differences or be locked in a stalemate forever?

5 Mar 2019 - 3:08PM

Will both sides iron out their differences or be locked in a stalemate forever?

Explained: what next for North Korea after failed Trump-Kim summit?
Former New Zealand PM Jenny Shipley distances herself from controversial op-ed in Chinese state media

Jenny Shipley has denied writing the opinion piece – published in Chinese state-run media – that suggests Wellington should ‘learn to listen to China’, saying that it was constructed from a previous interview.

20 Feb 2019 - 9:02PM

Jenny Shipley has denied writing the opinion piece – published in Chinese state-run media – that suggests Wellington should ‘learn to listen to China’, saying that it was constructed from a previous interview.

Former New Zealand PM Jenny Shipley distances herself from controversial op-ed in Chinese state media
New Zealand bans Huawei from 5G, China has message for New Zealand

Uncertainty over bilateral ties has affected flights and tourism, one of the Kiwi economy’s largest drivers. PM Jacinda Ardern says the relationship is complex – can Beijing and Wellington kiss and make up?

6 Mar 2019 - 1:32PM

Uncertainty over bilateral ties has affected flights and tourism, one of the Kiwi economy’s largest drivers. PM Jacinda Ardern says the relationship is complex – can Beijing and Wellington kiss and make up?

New Zealand bans Huawei from 5G, China has message for New Zealand
Asia Briefing: Thai election analysis and the Russians of Pattaya

Analysis of the upcoming Thai elections after a week of tumultuous headlines; revelations of another side of the notorious district of Pattaya as Russian migrants move in.

21 Mar 2019 - 1:46PM

Analysis of the upcoming Thai elections after a week of tumultuous headlines; revelations of another side of the notorious district of Pattaya as Russian migrants move in.

Asia Briefing: Thai election analysis and the Russians of Pattaya
North Korea’s leader has charmed Trump, Xi and Moon. But are they all just keeping up with the Kims?

Kim Jong-un is heading to Vietnam for a second date with the US president. Opinion is split over whether the millennial dictator’s charm offensive is a genuine quest for legitimacy or a rebranding of his old playbook

20 Feb 2019 - 8:14PM

Kim Jong-un is heading to Vietnam for a second date with the US president. Opinion is split over whether the millennial dictator’s charm offensive is a genuine quest for legitimacy or a rebranding of his old playbook

North Korea’s leader has charmed Trump, Xi and Moon. But are they all just keeping up with the Kims?
Indonesia faces a diabetes epidemic – and it’s the young who are most affected

Experts estimate more than half of diabetes cases in Indonesia remain undiagnosed, especially among young people

6 Feb 2019 - 6:53PM

Experts estimate more than half of diabetes cases in Indonesia remain undiagnosed, especially among young people

Indonesia faces a diabetes epidemic – and it’s the young who are most affected
Da Nang, Vietnam: the ‘decadent refuge’ expected to host Trump-Kim summit

The coastal city has been the site of several key moments in Vietnamese history. During the Vietnam war, it was known for prostitution, rights violations and the storage of Agent Orange. Today, it is a ‘capitalist’ getaway

6 Feb 2019 - 7:27PM

The coastal city has been the site of several key moments in Vietnamese history. During the Vietnam war, it was known for prostitution, rights violations and the storage of Agent Orange. Today, it is a ‘capitalist’ getaway

Da Nang, Vietnam: the ‘decadent refuge’ expected to host Trump-Kim summit
Myanmar’s stalled China-backed Myitsone dam project strained bilateral ties for years — now it could be scaled back or moved

The chairman of Myanmar’s investment commission cited several problems, including an earthquake fault line and a catchment area ‘twice the size of Singapore’.

30 Jan 2019 - 11:10AM

The chairman of Myanmar’s investment commission cited several problems, including an earthquake fault line and a catchment area ‘twice the size of Singapore’.

Myanmar’s stalled China-backed Myitsone dam project strained bilateral ties for years — now it could be scaled back or moved
China, Vietnam seen as more corrupt while Indonesia, Philippines clean up their act: Transparency International report

Transparency International’s latest report on perceptions of corruption globally sees China’s ranking fall for the first time in five years. The US isn’t doing well either, falling out of the top 20 for the first time in recent years.

29 Jan 2019 - 8:56PM

Transparency International’s latest report on perceptions of corruption globally sees China’s ranking fall for the first time in five years. The US isn’t doing well either, falling out of the top 20 for the first time in recent years.

China, Vietnam seen as more corrupt while Indonesia, Philippines clean up their act: Transparency International report
Black sugar, how come you taste so good? Chinese medicine has the answer

The sweet stuff’s dark caramel flavour is captivating consumers from Taipei to Singapore and has become a darling of the Instagram generation. But it’s been around for aeons – in traditional Chinese medicine

27 Jan 2019 - 9:16PM

The sweet stuff’s dark caramel flavour is captivating consumers from Taipei to Singapore and has become a darling of the Instagram generation. But it’s been around for aeons – in traditional Chinese medicine

Black sugar, how come you taste so good? Chinese medicine has the answer
Muslim teen Rahaf Mohammed is safe in Canada. What if she were Malaysian or Indonesian?

While Muslim-born atheists face prison and re-education in Malaysia, in Indonesia non-believers risk being charged with blasphemy – and discrimination and violence towards apostates remain common

21 Jan 2019 - 10:29AM

While Muslim-born atheists face prison and re-education in Malaysia, in Indonesia non-believers risk being charged with blasphemy – and discrimination and violence towards apostates remain common

Muslim teen Rahaf Mohammed is safe in Canada. What if she were Malaysian or Indonesian?
US-China battle for dominance extends across Pacific, above and below the sea

Even the US’ Mariana Islands are caught up in Washington and Beijing’s simmering power struggle in the region, from unprecedented deep-sea research in the Mariana Trench to what was the world’s most lucrative casino.

25 Jan 2019 - 6:59PM

Even the US’ Mariana Islands are caught up in Washington and Beijing’s simmering power struggle in the region, from unprecedented deep-sea research in the Mariana Trench to what was the world’s most lucrative casino.

US-China battle for dominance extends across Pacific, above and below the sea