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    Taiwan's opposition DPP may put independence stance on hold

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 05:53am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Progressive Party (DPP) in the run-up to the presidential election in 2016- convincing voters it can be trusted to calmly steer cross-strait ties. Last month as many as 40 DPP delegates endorsed ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Move could convince voters the party can calmly steer ties with Beijing in run-up to 2016 election DPP may put independence stance on hold ...

  2. News - China - ANALYSIS

    With two years left, is Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou in danger of becoming lame duck?

    Posted May 20th 2014, 03:56am by Lawrence Chung

    ... and the perception among some critics that he has run his administration poorly. On top of this, he faces sharp political opposition, with the pro-independence camp wary of his moves for closer ties ... to engage with Beijing when he started his first four-year term as president in 2008 has resulted in a marked improvement in once bitter cross-strait relations. Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan ...

  3. Airliners cross strait into history

    Posted Jul 05th 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ...-strait charters had materialised. 'It is a major breakthrough in cross-strait relations,' said Wang Yu-chi. In the run-up to the presidential poll, the mainland-conciliatory Mr Ma promised, ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei First direct flights between mainland and Taiwan since 1949 open a new chapter Taiwan and the mainland have made history by starting regular direct cross ...

  4. News - China - CROSS-STRAIT AFFAIRS

    Plan could see mainland Chinese visitors using Taiwan as transit point

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 07:25pm by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Visitors could use island to travel to other countries, in boost for tourism Taiwan may act as transit hub for mainlanders Taiwan and the mainland are to hold talks on allowing mainland visitors to use Taiwan as a transit point to travel to other countries, a move that would significantly benefit the island's tourism sector. ...

  5. News - China - CROSS-STRAIT AFFAIRS

    Taiwan's ex-premier slammed for singing Chinese national anthem

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 04:41pm by Lawrence Chung

    ... that opposition legislators faulted as “highly inappropriate”. Hau, 95, in an interview aired by state-run China Central Television on Monday, was shown singing part of the anthem- March ...

  6. News - China - TAIPEI BRIEFING

    Time to allow 'traitor' Lin to come home

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 04:41am by Lawrence Chung

    ... to the mainland. The move raises fresh hopes for Lin, 61, a former chief economist and senior vice-president at the World Bank, that he might fulfil his long-running dream of visiting his home ... a similar course as Lin. But from a political standpoint, times have changed and Taiwan no longer views the mainland as a rebel government. With cross-strait relations drastically improved since Ma ...


    Beijing denies talks with Taipei stalled after anti-trade deal protests

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 04:12am by Lawrence Chung

    ... discourage other countries from signing similar deals with Taiwan. Ratification of the trade services pact was delayed when students occupied the island's parliament for three weeks from March ...

  8. News - China

    Cross-strait relations nearing 'deep water zone'

    Posted Oct 18th 2012, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... As Xi Jinping prepares to take charge in Beijing, Taiwanese experts believe cross-strait talks, while cordial, are nearing a 'deep water zone' The frosty wind that blew across ... cross-strait talks are nearing a "deep water zone" where more vexing problems will become increasingly unavoidable. "With the two sides signing 18 co-operation agreements on economic ...

  9. News - China - TAIWAN

    Taiwan Premier Jiang Yi-huah 'willing to talk' about trade pact with student protesters

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 12:23am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Jiang Yi-huah tries to make peace after police clash with students who stormed government office in Taipei over cross-strait trade deal ... occupation of the Executive Yuan would seriously disrupt the operation of the government. "There is no way we can allow the country's top administrative body to be usurped ...

  10. News - China - TAIPEI BRIEFING

    Taiwan takes back seat in row over mainland air zone

    Posted Dec 04th 2013, 04:26am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Ma Ying-jeou fears tough words with Beijing will reverse slow, hard-won progress made in cross-straits relations Taiwan takes back seat ... position. The mainland's unilateral move has triggered strong protests from neighbouring countries. But other than expressing concern over the new zone, it seems there's not much ...




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