Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.
Lawrence Chung
Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.

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Taiwan lawmakers vote to legalise same-sex marriage

Island’s legislature backs bill to grant homosexual couples the same civil rights as heterosexual couples.

17 May 2019 - 11:29PM

Island’s legislature backs bill to grant homosexual couples the same civil rights as heterosexual couples.

Taiwan lawmakers vote to legalise same-sex marriage
Taiwan lawmakers set for historic vote on same-sex marriage, potentially making it the first place in Asia to legally recognise gay couples

Vote could pave way for island becoming first place in Asia to legally recognise gay couples, but opponents are seeking to water down the government’s proposals.

17 May 2019 - 12:45AM

Vote could pave way for island becoming first place in Asia to legally recognise gay couples, but opponents are seeking to water down the government’s proposals.

Taiwan lawmakers set for historic vote on same-sex marriage, potentially making it the first place in Asia to legally recognise gay couples
Taiwanese presidential hopeful Eric Chu Li-luan says KMT will end Tsai’s confrontation with Beijing

Former New Taipei mayor takes Ma Ying-jeou era as blueprint for ties with Beijing, while analysts say Chu’s hopes for Xi Jinping summit send an ‘amicable message’.

14 May 2019 - 10:59PM

Former New Taipei mayor takes Ma Ying-jeou era as blueprint for ties with Beijing, while analysts say Chu’s hopes for Xi Jinping summit send an ‘amicable message’.

Taiwanese presidential hopeful Eric Chu Li-luan says KMT will end Tsai’s confrontation with Beijing
Foxconn’s Terry Gou: I want to be Taiwan’s president, not running mate

Tycoon says he is the most qualified to be the island’s leader and is ‘not the deputy type of person’, but faces stiff competition in primaries to select the Kuomintang challenger to Tsai Ing-wen.

13 May 2019 - 10:47PM

Tycoon says he is the most qualified to be the island’s leader and is ‘not the deputy type of person’, but faces stiff competition in primaries to select the Kuomintang challenger to Tsai Ing-wen.

Foxconn’s Terry Gou: I want to be Taiwan’s president, not running mate
Taiwan offers glimpse of home-built submarine designed to deter Beijing

First indigenous defence submarine to be launched in five years, shipbuilder says as construction work begins, with President Tsai Ing-wen hailing it as proof of the island’s ability to defend itself.

9 May 2019 - 10:51PM

First indigenous defence submarine to be launched in five years, shipbuilder says as construction work begins, with President Tsai Ing-wen hailing it as proof of the island’s ability to defend itself.

Taiwan offers glimpse of home-built submarine designed to deter Beijing
Taiwan reworks mainland China travel ban and treason rules in run-up to 2020 presidential election

Analyst says revision is part of Tsai Ing-wen’s bid to bolster her image as a defender of the island’s sovereignty.

8 May 2019 - 1:25AM

Analyst says revision is part of Tsai Ing-wen’s bid to bolster her image as a defender of the island’s sovereignty.

Taiwan reworks mainland China travel ban and treason rules in run-up to 2020 presidential election
US creating own supply chain for new battle with China after trade war ends, Foxconn chief Terry Gou says

‘Avalanche’ of openings on mainland China will push US ‘to do all it can to establish a supply chain of its own’ as Beijing and Washington battle for top tech, says Gou, who’s also an aspiring Taiwanese presidential candidate.

8 May 2019 - 1:36AM

‘Avalanche’ of openings on mainland China will push US ‘to do all it can to establish a supply chain of its own’ as Beijing and Washington battle for top tech, says Gou, who’s also an aspiring Taiwanese presidential candidate.

US creating own supply chain for new battle with China after trade war ends, Foxconn chief Terry Gou says
Recognise Taiwan’s title and then we’ll talk, Foxconn billionaire Terry Gou tells Beijing

Presidential hopeful takes a stand on ‘Republic of China’ after critics question his sovereignty credentials.

8 May 2019 - 1:33AM

Presidential hopeful takes a stand on ‘Republic of China’ after critics question his sovereignty credentials.

Recognise Taiwan’s title and then we’ll talk, Foxconn billionaire Terry Gou tells Beijing
China: the five-letter word Taiwan’s Kuomintang 2020 hopefuls hesitate to spell out

Beijing has been a big factor in Taiwan’s presidential elections but so far the opposition candidates haven’t taken a stand.

8 May 2019 - 1:56AM

Beijing has been a big factor in Taiwan’s presidential elections but so far the opposition candidates haven’t taken a stand.

China: the five-letter word Taiwan’s Kuomintang 2020 hopefuls hesitate to spell out
Beijing ‘loses all hope for Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen’ as she rallies Washington

Closed-door forum in New York told that mainland China’s ‘bullying’ of Taiwan ‘will only reinforce US view of Beijing as a competitor’

3 May 2019 - 6:52AM

Closed-door forum in New York told that mainland China’s ‘bullying’ of Taiwan ‘will only reinforce US view of Beijing as a competitor’

Beijing ‘loses all hope for Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen’ as she rallies Washington
Taiwan’s KMT to get presidential primaries moving, as mayor Han Kuo-yu hints at joining race

Kaohsiung politician meets chairman of the mainland-friendly party in Taipei to discuss whether he is willing to run for the top job next year.

8 May 2019 - 2:14AM

Kaohsiung politician meets chairman of the mainland-friendly party in Taipei to discuss whether he is willing to run for the top job next year.

Taiwan’s KMT to get presidential primaries moving, as mayor Han Kuo-yu hints at joining race
Taiwan can turn a hi-tech profit from China-US rivalry, Foxconn chairman Terry Gou says

Presidential hopeful says island needs to be ready to exploit its close ties with both powers as the race for advanced technology ramps up.

8 May 2019 - 2:13AM

Presidential hopeful says island needs to be ready to exploit its close ties with both powers as the race for advanced technology ramps up.

Taiwan can turn a hi-tech profit from China-US rivalry, Foxconn chairman Terry Gou says
Taipei ‘well aware’ of French warship in turbulent Taiwan Strait

Passage could be part of broader efforts involving the US to contain what it sees as Beijing’s military expansion in the region, analyst says.

25 Apr 2019 - 11:02PM

Passage could be part of broader efforts involving the US to contain what it sees as Beijing’s military expansion in the region, analyst says.

Taipei ‘well aware’ of French warship in turbulent Taiwan Strait
Beijing says Washington’s US$500 million arms sale to Taiwan ‘damaged Sino-US relations’

Defence ministry hits out as Taipei conducts its annual military exercise in preparation for possible strike by PLA.

24 Apr 2019 - 11:05PM

Defence ministry hits out as Taipei conducts its annual military exercise in preparation for possible strike by PLA.

Beijing says Washington’s US$500 million arms sale to Taiwan ‘damaged Sino-US relations’
Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu says run at Taiwan presidency on KMT ticket would have to be on his own terms

Han shone in local elections and is leading polls of presidential prospects, but analysts say any KMT plan to draft such an inexperience figure could damage party’s ambitions.

8 May 2019 - 2:18AM

Han shone in local elections and is leading polls of presidential prospects, but analysts say any KMT plan to draft such an inexperience figure could damage party’s ambitions.

Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu says run at Taiwan presidency on KMT ticket would have to be on his own terms
Beijing’s incentives ‘not winning young Taiwanese’ over to its one-China cause

The island’s younger generation are heading across the strait in search of work – not in support of politics, observers say.

22 Apr 2019 - 11:23PM

The island’s younger generation are heading across the strait in search of work – not in support of politics, observers say.

Beijing’s incentives ‘not winning young Taiwanese’ over to its one-China cause
Will Taiwan’s opposition Kuomintang draft its star mayor into the race for president against Terry Gou?

KMT chairman says the fair thing to do would be to draft Han Kuo-yu into the party’s primaries in a field that this week expanded to include billionaire Terry Gou.

8 May 2019 - 2:33AM

KMT chairman says the fair thing to do would be to draft Han Kuo-yu into the party’s primaries in a field that this week expanded to include billionaire Terry Gou.

Will Taiwan’s opposition Kuomintang draft its star mayor into the race for president against Terry Gou?
Foxconn tycoon Terry Gou: Taiwan’s wealthiest man - and future presidential candidate

Gou’s business success could well give him an edge in the race but he still has a series of hurdles to overcome, observers say.

8 May 2019 - 2:33AM

Gou’s business success could well give him an edge in the race but he still has a series of hurdles to overcome, observers say.

Foxconn tycoon Terry Gou: Taiwan’s wealthiest man - and future presidential candidate
Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits eastern Taiwan

Quake hits area around Hualien at 1.01pm and rattles buildings in island’s capital, Taipei.

18 Apr 2019 - 11:29PM

Quake hits area around Hualien at 1.01pm and rattles buildings in island’s capital, Taipei.

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits eastern Taiwan
Pressure mounts for Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen as Foxconn’s Terry Gou reveals run for 2020 presidential race

Former president Ma Ying-jeou says tycoon’s involvement in KMT primaries will help strengthen party system.

8 May 2019 - 2:34AM

Former president Ma Ying-jeou says tycoon’s involvement in KMT primaries will help strengthen party system.

Pressure mounts for Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen as Foxconn’s Terry Gou reveals run for 2020 presidential race
Taiwanese tycoon Gou thanks Chinese sea goddess for inspiration then announces 2020 presidential run

Urged on by Goddess Matsu, Foxconn founder counts down to decision day on challenge for Taiwan’s top job while planning to ‘do more things for the people’.

8 May 2019 - 2:34AM

Urged on by Goddess Matsu, Foxconn founder counts down to decision day on challenge for Taiwan’s top job while planning to ‘do more things for the people’.

Taiwanese tycoon Gou thanks Chinese sea goddess for inspiration then announces 2020 presidential run
Taiwan’s presidential race tempts Foxconn tycoon Terry Gou

One of Taiwan’s richest men confirms he is considering a run for president.

8 May 2019 - 2:34AM

One of Taiwan’s richest men confirms he is considering a run for president.

Taiwan’s presidential race tempts Foxconn tycoon Terry Gou
Taiwan’s democracy shows better path for Chinese people, says former House speaker Paul Ryan

Republican politician reaffirms US support for island at event to mark 40th anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act.

8 May 2019 - 2:34AM

Republican politician reaffirms US support for island at event to mark 40th anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act.

Taiwan’s democracy shows better path for Chinese people, says former House speaker Paul Ryan
Taiwan boosts defence with 10-year military spending plan

Intention is to surpass US$13 billion by 2027 with further increases planned in bid to deter growing threat from mainland China.

16 Apr 2019 - 10:39AM

Intention is to surpass US$13 billion by 2027 with further increases planned in bid to deter growing threat from mainland China.

Taiwan boosts defence with 10-year military spending plan
Taiwan deports mainland Chinese scholar Li Yi over planned pro-unification speech

Academic was due to speak at a forum organised by the Chinese Unity Promotion Party, which officials say would have violated his tourist permit.

12 Apr 2019 - 6:00PM

Academic was due to speak at a forum organised by the Chinese Unity Promotion Party, which officials say would have violated his tourist permit.

Taiwan deports mainland Chinese scholar Li Yi over planned pro-unification speech
Paul Ryan heads for Taipei to mark 40 years of informal US-Taiwan relations

Former US House speaker will lead large delegation in show of support for self-ruled island on key anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act.

10 Apr 2019 - 11:28PM

Former US House speaker will lead large delegation in show of support for self-ruled island on key anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act.

Paul Ryan heads for Taipei to mark 40 years of informal US-Taiwan relations
Taiwan ‘at the front line of threats’ from Beijing, Tsai Ing-wen tells US think tanks

President says in video link that the United States ‘has played a crucial role’ to help the self-ruled island reject coercion from mainland China.

10 Apr 2019 - 6:38AM

President says in video link that the United States ‘has played a crucial role’ to help the self-ruled island reject coercion from mainland China.

Taiwan ‘at the front line of threats’ from Beijing, Tsai Ing-wen tells US think tanks
Taiwan’s former premier William Lai refuses to abandon challenge to President Tsai Ing-wen

Independence supporter insists the Democratic Progressive Party must be allowed to chose its nominee for presidential election.

10 Apr 2019 - 10:55AM

Independence supporter insists the Democratic Progressive Party must be allowed to chose its nominee for presidential election.

Taiwan’s former premier William Lai refuses to abandon challenge to President Tsai Ing-wen
Taiwanese mayor Han Kuo-yu heads to US as he seeks to boost profile

Beijing-friendly politician has drawn attention in the United States after his landslide win in Kaohsiung’s November election.

8 May 2019 - 2:35AM

Beijing-friendly politician has drawn attention in the United States after his landslide win in Kaohsiung’s November election.

Taiwanese mayor Han Kuo-yu heads to US as he seeks to boost profile
US prepares to open new de facto embassy in Taipei amid ‘policy shift’ on Taiwan

Analysts say American Institute in Taiwan has become ‘a lot more high-profile’ since Donald Trump became president, as calls grow for Washington to elevate ties with the island.

8 Apr 2019 - 6:28AM

Analysts say American Institute in Taiwan has become ‘a lot more high-profile’ since Donald Trump became president, as calls grow for Washington to elevate ties with the island.

US prepares to open new de facto embassy in Taipei amid ‘policy shift’ on Taiwan