Lawrence Chung

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.

Latest from Lawrence Chung

Taiwan’s KMT opposition accuses President Tsai Ing-wen of ‘paying lip service’ to Hong Kong over failure to pass refugee law

Party says failure to do more to help those fleeing the city shows she is ‘lying’ about her support for the pro-democracy movement.

10 Dec 2019 - 12:16AM

Party says failure to do more to help those fleeing the city shows she is ‘lying’ about her support for the pro-democracy movement.

Taiwan’s KMT opposition accuses President Tsai Ing-wen of ‘paying lip service’ to Hong Kong over failure to pass refugee law
Taiwan’s minor political parties could play a major role in upcoming elections

Crowded race for the legislature could skew victory chances for independence-leaning DPP and mainland-friendly KMT.

8 Dec 2019 - 11:42PM

Crowded race for the legislature could skew victory chances for independence-leaning DPP and mainland-friendly KMT.

Taiwan’s minor political parties could play a major role in upcoming elections
Taiwanese travel agents take aim at Thailand’s ‘humiliating’ new visa requirements

They argue the island should negotiate less-demanding terms with Thailand, whose citizens are allowed visa-free entry to Taiwan.

3 Dec 2019 - 11:03PM

They argue the island should negotiate less-demanding terms with Thailand, whose citizens are allowed visa-free entry to Taiwan.

Taiwanese travel agents take aim at Thailand’s ‘humiliating’ new visa requirements
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen looks for boost from claims ‘Chinese spy’ helped her rival

Opposition candidate Han Kuo-yu and his KMT party have tried to rebut allegations from Wang Liqiang that he worked to undermine island’s democracy.

27 Nov 2019 - 6:46PM

Opposition candidate Han Kuo-yu and his KMT party have tried to rebut allegations from Wang Liqiang that he worked to undermine island’s democracy.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen looks for boost from claims ‘Chinese spy’ helped her rival
New shine on US-Taiwan ties with trip by top Pentagon brass

Heino Klinck’s visit to the island is in apparent response to concerns that Beijing is pressuring Taipei in the run-up to January’s elections.

26 Nov 2019 - 6:16AM

Heino Klinck’s visit to the island is in apparent response to concerns that Beijing is pressuring Taipei in the run-up to January’s elections.

New shine on US-Taiwan ties with trip by top Pentagon brass
Taiwan investigates spy’s claim Beijing spent US$200 million trying to influence presidential election

Taipei sets up team to look into allegations made by self-confessed spy who is seeking asylum in Australia.

26 Nov 2019 - 6:18PM

Taipei sets up team to look into allegations made by self-confessed spy who is seeking asylum in Australia.

Taiwan investigates spy’s claim Beijing spent US$200 million trying to influence presidential election
Mainland China is trying to influence Taiwan presidential election, warns US ‘ambassador’

Brent Christensen, the most senior US diplomat on the self-ruled island, says ‘malign actors’ are using disinformation to undermine the democratic process.

22 Nov 2019 - 9:00PM

Brent Christensen, the most senior US diplomat on the self-ruled island, says ‘malign actors’ are using disinformation to undermine the democratic process.

Mainland China is trying to influence Taiwan presidential election, warns US ‘ambassador’
Taiwan’s universities open doors to students fleeing Hong Kong campus turmoil

Affected students will be able to sit in on lectures at various colleges but will have to pass ministry review to qualify for a degree.

21 Nov 2019 - 10:43AM

Affected students will be able to sit in on lectures at various colleges but will have to pass ministry review to qualify for a degree.

Taiwan’s universities open doors to students fleeing Hong Kong campus turmoil
Taiwan seeks US help to set up first F-16V ‘Viper’ fighter jet maintenance centre in Asia-Pacific

Plane builder AIDC is in talks with US to set up Asia-Pacific centre as they work together on F-16 upgrades.

21 Nov 2019 - 10:24AM

Plane builder AIDC is in talks with US to set up Asia-Pacific centre as they work together on F-16 upgrades.

Taiwan seeks US help to set up first F-16V ‘Viper’ fighter jet maintenance centre in Asia-Pacific
Hong Kong firm that lost Taipei Twin Towers over ‘links to mainland China’ appeals decision

Executive with Nan Hai Development says company is ready to sue over loss of multibillion-dollar scheme on national security grounds.

17 Nov 2019 - 3:30PM

Executive with Nan Hai Development says company is ready to sue over loss of multibillion-dollar scheme on national security grounds.

Hong Kong firm that lost Taipei Twin Towers over ‘links to mainland China’ appeals decision
Taiwan presidential hopeful Han Kuo-yu says ‘no peace deal with Beijing until threats end’

Kuomintang representative denies being mainland’s ‘preferred candidate’, but says he has the skills to put cross-straits talks back on track.

15 Nov 2019 - 9:15AM

Kuomintang representative denies being mainland’s ‘preferred candidate’, but says he has the skills to put cross-straits talks back on track.

Taiwan presidential hopeful Han Kuo-yu says ‘no peace deal with Beijing until threats end’
Taiwan police arrest man over Hong Kong watch robbery

Suspect in Tsim Sha Tsui raid is alleged to have flown back to the self-ruled island the same day.

14 Nov 2019 - 3:17PM

Suspect in Tsim Sha Tsui raid is alleged to have flown back to the self-ruled island the same day.

Taiwan police arrest man over Hong Kong watch robbery
Veteran Taiwan politician James Soong to seek presidency in blow to Beijing’s hopes for unified challenge to Tsai Ing-wen

Decision by People’s First Party chairman risks splitting the mainland-friendly vote and may help current leader’s chances of staying in power.

13 Nov 2019 - 11:00PM

Decision by People’s First Party chairman risks splitting the mainland-friendly vote and may help current leader’s chances of staying in power.

Veteran Taiwan politician James Soong to seek presidency in blow to Beijing’s hopes for unified challenge to Tsai Ing-wen
Taiwan and mainland Chinese aviation authorities row over extra flights for Lunar New Year

At least 400,000 Taiwanese live on the mainland and demand for tickets is likely to be especially high as the holiday comes a couple of weeks after the island’s presidential elections.

12 Nov 2019 - 10:15PM

At least 400,000 Taiwanese live on the mainland and demand for tickets is likely to be especially high as the holiday comes a couple of weeks after the island’s presidential elections.

Taiwan and mainland Chinese aviation authorities row over extra flights for Lunar New Year
Taiwan security officials step up monitoring over fears mainland-based citizens will try to influence election

Security chief says there is concern that ‘certain actions’ are being taken to influence January’s vote.

12 Nov 2019 - 10:14PM

Security chief says there is concern that ‘certain actions’ are being taken to influence January’s vote.

Taiwan security officials step up monitoring over fears mainland-based citizens will try to influence election
Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee who fled to Taiwan says he’s ready to reopen in Taipei

Former manager of Causeway Bay Books Lam Wing-kee says new store will cater to ‘free souls’ and provide a ‘space for everyone’.

7 Nov 2019 - 11:15PM

Former manager of Causeway Bay Books Lam Wing-kee says new store will cater to ‘free souls’ and provide a ‘space for everyone’.

Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee who fled to Taiwan says he’s ready to reopen in Taipei
Taipei appeals to Hong Kong for help in hunt for Taiwanese robbery suspect

Taipei says its courts are responsible for case where Taiwanese man is suspected of US$126,000 haul in Hong Kong.

6 Nov 2019 - 11:00PM

Taipei says its courts are responsible for case where Taiwanese man is suspected of US$126,000 haul in Hong Kong.

Taipei appeals to Hong Kong for help in hunt for Taiwanese robbery suspect
Facebook says it will crack down on fake news ahead of Taiwan election

Social media giant says it will step up efforts to counter disinformation and state-backed influence operations before island goes to polls in January

5 Nov 2019 - 10:53PM

Social media giant says it will step up efforts to counter disinformation and state-backed influence operations before island goes to polls in January

Facebook says it will crack down on fake news ahead of Taiwan election
Taiwan’s James Soong Chu-yu may join presidential race but Annette Lu Hsiu-lien falls by wayside

2020 bid would be Soong’s fourth run for top post and he is not expected to win this one either while Lu fails to win enough public signatures, blames former party.

4 Nov 2019 - 10:41PM

2020 bid would be Soong’s fourth run for top post and he is not expected to win this one either while Lu fails to win enough public signatures, blames former party.

Taiwan’s James Soong Chu-yu may join presidential race but Annette Lu Hsiu-lien falls by wayside
US bill to protect Taiwan from Chinese diplomatic pressure wins congressional committee approval

Taiwan allies bill will move on to full House of Representatives; vote convinces Taipei academic that anti-China position is now mainstream in US Congress.

1 Nov 2019 - 6:22AM

Taiwan allies bill will move on to full House of Representatives; vote convinces Taipei academic that anti-China position is now mainstream in US Congress.

US bill to protect Taiwan from Chinese diplomatic pressure wins congressional committee approval
Taiwan invites US to help gauge its military strength as analysts warn of growing threat from mainland China

Taipei’s request is first time it has publicly asked US to help assess its combat readiness and follows Donald Trump’s support for closer cooperation.

31 Oct 2019 - 4:21AM

Taipei’s request is first time it has publicly asked US to help assess its combat readiness and follows Donald Trump’s support for closer cooperation.

Taiwan invites US to help gauge its military strength as analysts warn of growing threat from mainland China
Taiwan charges pro-Beijing politicians with accepting funds from Chinese mainland

Zhang Xiuye and Chou Ching-chun deny wrongdoing after being charged with receiving around US$62,000 in donations from mainland.

30 Oct 2019 - 1:44PM

Zhang Xiuye and Chou Ching-chun deny wrongdoing after being charged with receiving around US$62,000 in donations from mainland.

Taiwan charges pro-Beijing politicians with accepting funds from Chinese mainland
Taiwan’s parliament approves US$8.2bn funding to buy 66 US F-16V warplanes

Opposition party KMT calls for Taipei to strike spares, components and maintenance deals with Washington.

29 Oct 2019 - 10:55PM

Opposition party KMT calls for Taipei to strike spares, components and maintenance deals with Washington.

Taiwan’s parliament approves US$8.2bn funding to buy 66 US F-16V warplanes
How justice falls through the cracks of a Taiwan-Hong Kong legal loophole

Without a cooperation framework with the city, Taiwanese police cannot pursue a range of criminals.

25 Oct 2019 - 10:07AM

Without a cooperation framework with the city, Taiwanese police cannot pursue a range of criminals.

How justice falls through the cracks of a Taiwan-Hong Kong legal loophole
Hong Kong murder suspect Chan Tong-kai’s transfer to Taiwan may be delayed until after island’s presidential election

Wanted man – whose case sparked Hong Kong’s protest crisis – has agreed to turn himself in, but the two jurisdictions are clashing over how that should happen.

25 Oct 2019 - 3:11AM

Wanted man – whose case sparked Hong Kong’s protest crisis – has agreed to turn himself in, but the two jurisdictions are clashing over how that should happen.

Hong Kong murder suspect Chan Tong-kai’s transfer to Taiwan may be delayed until after island’s presidential election
Taiwan officers can accompany murder suspect Chan Tong-kai from Hong Kong to island – as long as he agrees and they don’t use legal power in city, experts say

Case of Chan Tong-kai has sparked a row between Hong Kong and Taipei as sides tangled over how murder suspect, who had intended to turn himself in to Taiwan, could be handled.

24 Oct 2019 - 1:50AM

Case of Chan Tong-kai has sparked a row between Hong Kong and Taipei as sides tangled over how murder suspect, who had intended to turn himself in to Taiwan, could be handled.

Taiwan officers can accompany murder suspect Chan Tong-kai from Hong Kong to island – as long as he agrees and they don’t use legal power in city, experts say
Hong Kong government rejects ‘totally unacceptable’ offer from Taiwan to send officials to city to take back murder suspect who sparked protests

Government stresses in statement issued well after midnight that Taiwan has no law enforcement power in Hong Kong after Taipei offers to send police to city to take back Chan Tong-kai.

23 Oct 2019 - 9:50AM

Government stresses in statement issued well after midnight that Taiwan has no law enforcement power in Hong Kong after Taipei offers to send police to city to take back Chan Tong-kai.

Hong Kong government rejects ‘totally unacceptable’ offer from Taiwan to send officials to city to take back murder suspect who sparked protests
Taiwan asks Hong Kong to hand over fugitive murder suspect Chan Tong-kai after U-turn on request for formal talks

Chan is accused of killing pregnant girlfriend on island in early 2018 in case that prompted Hong Kong to propose ill-fated extradition bill.

23 Oct 2019 - 4:49PM

Chan is accused of killing pregnant girlfriend on island in early 2018 in case that prompted Hong Kong to propose ill-fated extradition bill.

Taiwan asks Hong Kong to hand over fugitive murder suspect Chan Tong-kai after U-turn on request for formal talks
Hong Kong and Taiwan clash over surrender of murder suspect whose case sparked extradition bill crisis and mass protests

Taiwan says suspect should not be allowed to walk free, but Hong Kong government feels Taipei has absolute jurisdiction over the case.

23 Oct 2019 - 5:11PM

Taiwan says suspect should not be allowed to walk free, but Hong Kong government feels Taipei has absolute jurisdiction over the case.

Hong Kong and Taiwan clash over surrender of murder suspect whose case sparked extradition bill crisis and mass protests
Taiwan rejects murder suspect’s surrender offer, says Hong Kong must comply with ‘legal procedures’

Taiwan says it won’t permit Hong Kong to simply let Chan show up on the island to turn himself in.

23 Oct 2019 - 5:12PM

Taiwan says it won’t permit Hong Kong to simply let Chan show up on the island to turn himself in.

Taiwan rejects murder suspect’s surrender offer, says Hong Kong must comply with ‘legal procedures’