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.

Latest from Lawrence Chung

Foxconn billionaire Terry Gou drops his bid for Taiwan’s presidency

In a surprise statement, Guo said he would not join the competitive race after losing the nomination from the opposition, China-friendly Kuomintang party.

4 hours ago

In a surprise statement, Guo said he would not join the competitive race after losing the nomination from the opposition, China-friendly Kuomintang party.

Foxconn billionaire Terry Gou drops his bid for Taiwan’s presidency
Taiwan ends relationship with Solomon Islands after it votes to cut ties

Pacific nation decides to switch diplomatic recognition to Beijing, and Taipei responds by immediately ending 36 years of relations.

28 minutes ago

Pacific nation decides to switch diplomatic recognition to Beijing, and Taipei responds by immediately ending 36 years of relations.

Taiwan ends relationship with Solomon Islands after it votes to cut ties
Foxconn’s Terry Gou quits Kuomintang, paving way for Taiwan presidency bid as an independent

Billionaire opts against supporting KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu, and denounces ‘out-of-date party’ with committee members who ‘put their own interests first’.

12 Sep 2019 - 11:53PM

Billionaire opts against supporting KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu, and denounces ‘out-of-date party’ with committee members who ‘put their own interests first’.

Foxconn’s Terry Gou quits Kuomintang, paving way for Taiwan presidency bid as an independent
Taiwanese man missing after visiting Hong Kong ‘being investigated by mainland’

Chinese authorities say they are investigating Lee Meng-chu – who is believed to have distributed images of mainland troops massing equipment near southern city – for ‘activities that endanger state security’.

12 Sep 2019 - 4:38AM

Chinese authorities say they are investigating Lee Meng-chu – who is believed to have distributed images of mainland troops massing equipment near southern city – for ‘activities that endanger state security’.

Taiwanese man missing after visiting Hong Kong ‘being investigated by mainland’
Solomon Islands delegation holds off declaring any switch in diplomatic ties to Taiwan

Taiwan urges ‘solid friend’ not to cut diplomatic recognition in favour of China, as Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen promises to improve relations.

10 Sep 2019 - 12:19AM

Taiwan urges ‘solid friend’ not to cut diplomatic recognition in favour of China, as Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen promises to improve relations.

Solomon Islands delegation holds off declaring any switch in diplomatic ties to Taiwan
Taiwan’s refugee bill does not apply to Hong Kong protesters for now, Taipei says

But regulations provide options for those seeking to relocate to self-ruled island, interior ministry says.

5 Sep 2019 - 8:22PM

But regulations provide options for those seeking to relocate to self-ruled island, interior ministry says.

Taiwan’s refugee bill does not apply to Hong Kong protesters for now, Taipei says
Joshua Wong asks people of Taiwan to show their support for Hong Kong protests

Activist calls for demonstrations ahead of China’s National Day in a bid to put more pressure on Beijing and urges Taipei to help Hongkongers who want to flee the city.

4 Sep 2019 - 5:18AM

Activist calls for demonstrations ahead of China’s National Day in a bid to put more pressure on Beijing and urges Taipei to help Hongkongers who want to flee the city.

Joshua Wong asks people of Taiwan to show their support for Hong Kong protests
TV news women key to Taiwan presidential hopefuls’ ‘beauty card’ strategy

Combination of looks and expertise is attracting politicians to hire anchorwomen but is it sexist?

11 Sep 2019 - 12:49PM

Combination of looks and expertise is attracting politicians to hire anchorwomen but is it sexist?

TV news women key to Taiwan presidential hopefuls’ ‘beauty card’ strategy
First solo travellers, now Beijing cuts group tours to step up pressure on Taiwan

The decision will cut the island’s revenue by more than US$1 billion, according to one industry estimate.

28 Aug 2019 - 11:42PM

The decision will cut the island’s revenue by more than US$1 billion, according to one industry estimate.

First solo travellers, now Beijing cuts group tours to step up pressure on Taiwan
From a murder case to the death of ‘1992 consensus’, Taiwan’s high stakes in the Hong Kong protests

The case of Chan Tong-kai was cited as a cause for the extradition bill that spurred the demonstrations in Hong Kong, but ahead of presidential elections, Taiwan is watching them for many other reasons.

26 Aug 2019 - 1:08PM

The case of Chan Tong-kai was cited as a cause for the extradition bill that spurred the demonstrations in Hong Kong, but ahead of presidential elections, Taiwan is watching them for many other reasons.

From a murder case to the death of ‘1992 consensus’, Taiwan’s high stakes in the Hong Kong protests
Gas mask sales soar in Taiwan as Hong Kong protesters seek fresh supplies

Shops in Taipei start running out of stock and could wait months to get more.

23 Aug 2019 - 8:22AM

Shops in Taipei start running out of stock and could wait months to get more.

Gas mask sales soar in Taiwan as Hong Kong protesters seek fresh supplies
American Viper jets a boost to Taiwan’s defences ‘but no game changer’ with China

The improved F-16 has a longer range and new features but it’s still not a challenge to Beijing’s land, sea and air forces, analysts say.

19 Aug 2019 - 11:07PM

The improved F-16 has a longer range and new features but it’s still not a challenge to Beijing’s land, sea and air forces, analysts say.

American Viper jets a boost to Taiwan’s defences ‘but no game changer’ with China
Don’t offer Hong Kong protesters asylum, Beijing warns Taipei

China says it will not tolerate attempts by the island to shelter criminal elements. Taiwanese leader denies intervention, says it’s natural for her administration to support Hong Kong people seeking freedom and democracy.

19 Aug 2019 - 10:59PM

China says it will not tolerate attempts by the island to shelter criminal elements. Taiwanese leader denies intervention, says it’s natural for her administration to support Hong Kong people seeking freedom and democracy.

Don’t offer Hong Kong protesters asylum, Beijing warns Taipei
Beijing warns US of ‘consequences’ after Donald Trump approves US$8 billion sale of fighter jets to Taiwan

President says the sale of Lockheed Martin F-16Vs – which military experts said would bolster Taiwan’s ability to counter air strikes from mainland China – will go ahead if ratified by Senate.

19 Aug 2019 - 10:55PM

President says the sale of Lockheed Martin F-16Vs – which military experts said would bolster Taiwan’s ability to counter air strikes from mainland China – will go ahead if ratified by Senate.

Beijing warns US of ‘consequences’ after Donald Trump approves US$8 billion sale of fighter jets to Taiwan
Hong Kong protests see sharp rise in number of residents wanting to move to Taiwan

Island’s immigration authorities try to speed up processing of applications after seeing 45 per cent increase since June.

18 Aug 2019 - 11:36PM

Island’s immigration authorities try to speed up processing of applications after seeing 45 per cent increase since June.

Hong Kong protests see sharp rise in number of residents wanting to move to Taiwan
Taiwan unveils ‘suicide’ drone at arms expo as Taipei expands military spending

Self-governing island puts latest hardware on display as tensions with Beijing increase, while aviation arms chief says Jian Hsiang drone could reach mainland coastal defences.

15 Aug 2019 - 10:04PM

Self-governing island puts latest hardware on display as tensions with Beijing increase, while aviation arms chief says Jian Hsiang drone could reach mainland coastal defences.

Taiwan unveils ‘suicide’ drone at arms expo as Taipei expands military spending
Support for Hong Kong protesters lands Taiwan politician in hot water

Facebook post by pro-independence councillor referred to police by political rival as it may breach national security laws.

13 Aug 2019 - 12:26AM

Facebook post by pro-independence councillor referred to police by political rival as it may breach national security laws.

Support for Hong Kong protesters lands Taiwan politician in hot water
Taipei protests over UN Women listing Taiwan as province of China

Gender agency removes offending graphic on same-sex marriage from Facebook on Saturday and publishes it on Twitter on Sunday.

12 Aug 2019 - 11:41PM

Gender agency removes offending graphic on same-sex marriage from Facebook on Saturday and publishes it on Twitter on Sunday.

Taipei protests over UN Women listing Taiwan as province of China
Taiwan election wild card Ko Wen-je insists top priority is winning seats in legislature – not presidential vote

Taipei mayor says main target for newly formed Taiwanese People’s Party will be parliamentary election despite polling that suggests he could challenge for top job.

2 Aug 2019 - 3:07AM

Taipei mayor says main target for newly formed Taiwanese People’s Party will be parliamentary election despite polling that suggests he could challenge for top job.

Taiwan election wild card Ko Wen-je insists top priority is winning seats in legislature – not presidential vote
Beijing’s ban on individual Taiwan visits ‘a big mistake’, says President Tsai Ing-wen

Tsai says move to curb tourism will only cause resentment by punishing all people on the island.

1 Aug 2019 - 11:18PM

Tsai says move to curb tourism will only cause resentment by punishing all people on the island.

Beijing’s ban on individual Taiwan visits ‘a big mistake’, says President Tsai Ing-wen
Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je stokes speculation of Taiwan presidential run with plan to launch new party

Ko’s aides say the mayor’s political consultant submitted a notice to the Ministry of the Interior to establish the ‘Taiwanese People’s Party’.

1 Aug 2019 - 4:33PM

Ko’s aides say the mayor’s political consultant submitted a notice to the Ministry of the Interior to establish the ‘Taiwanese People’s Party’.

Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je stokes speculation of Taiwan presidential run with plan to launch new party
Beijing’s ban on solo travellers to Taiwan could cost self-ruled island US$900 million by January

Restriction, which takes effect on Thursday, will apply to individual travellers in 47 mainland cities and could see visitor numbers fall by 700,000 over next six months.

1 Aug 2019 - 3:19PM

Restriction, which takes effect on Thursday, will apply to individual travellers in 47 mainland cities and could see visitor numbers fall by 700,000 over next six months.

Beijing’s ban on solo travellers to Taiwan could cost self-ruled island US$900 million by January
Taiwan gets tough over fake news blamed on Beijing ‘disrupting its democracy’

Over 100 have been prosecuted over false stories such as claim Taiwanese government funded Hong Kong protests, as justice ministry probes whether mainland is funding preferred candidates for January’s elections.

27 Jul 2019 - 9:45PM

Over 100 have been prosecuted over false stories such as claim Taiwanese government funded Hong Kong protests, as justice ministry probes whether mainland is funding preferred candidates for January’s elections.

Taiwan gets tough over fake news blamed on Beijing ‘disrupting its democracy’
High-profile US stopovers signal stronger ties with Taiwan, island’s leader says

Series of firsts on Tsai’s transits through the United States amount to better treatment but no breakthrough, observers say.

22 Jul 2019 - 9:10PM

Series of firsts on Tsai’s transits through the United States amount to better treatment but no breakthrough, observers say.

High-profile US stopovers signal stronger ties with Taiwan, island’s leader says
Hardliner at helm of Taiwan’s new party says it won’t field presidential candidate

Pastor Terence Lo elected as chairman of Formosa Alliance, which was officially unveiled on Saturday.

20 Jul 2019 - 10:53PM

Pastor Terence Lo elected as chairman of Formosa Alliance, which was officially unveiled on Saturday.

Hardliner at helm of Taiwan’s new party says it won’t field presidential candidate
Hong Kong protesters ‘went to Taiwan in June’ to explore options for asylum

Group of students travelled to the self-ruled island to find out about seeking asylum there before returning to the city, according to sources.

23 Jul 2019 - 3:13PM

Group of students travelled to the self-ruled island to find out about seeking asylum there before returning to the city, according to sources.

Hong Kong protesters ‘went to Taiwan in June’ to explore options for asylum
For Hong Kong students in Taiwan, island’s freedom and democracy appeal

Young Hongkongers living in Taipei say there is a ‘sense of crisis’ over the extradition bill.

24 Jul 2019 - 4:15PM

Young Hongkongers living in Taipei say there is a ‘sense of crisis’ over the extradition bill.

For Hong Kong students in Taiwan, island’s freedom and democracy appeal
Taiwan independence hardliners set to form new party to challenge President Tsai Ing-wen

Group plans to stand in next year’s presidential and legislative elections and could damage independence-leaning leader’s chances of winning re-election.

19 Jul 2019 - 2:27PM

Group plans to stand in next year’s presidential and legislative elections and could damage independence-leaning leader’s chances of winning re-election.

Taiwan independence hardliners set to form new party to challenge President Tsai Ing-wen
KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu faces uphill battle in Taiwan presidential race

Analysts say he will need to mend fences with closest rival, Foxconn founder Terry Gou, amid speculation the billionaire may run as an independent.

18 Jul 2019 - 11:52AM

Analysts say he will need to mend fences with closest rival, Foxconn founder Terry Gou, amid speculation the billionaire may run as an independent.

KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu faces uphill battle in Taiwan presidential race
Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu wins KMT ticket to challenge Tsai Ing-wen for Taiwan presidency

Convincing win for Han Kuo-yu in Kuomintang primaries, but analysts say political crisis in Hong Kong may cloud his prospects in January election.

16 Jul 2019 - 11:39PM

Convincing win for Han Kuo-yu in Kuomintang primaries, but analysts say political crisis in Hong Kong may cloud his prospects in January election.

Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu wins KMT ticket to challenge Tsai Ing-wen for Taiwan presidency