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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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.

17 Jul 2019 - 2:51AM

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
Taiwan’s presidential hopefuls fight on as Kuomintang primaries draw to a close

Bitter contest to represent Beijing-friendly Kuomintang in next year’s leadership election could leave party in tatters, analysts say.

13 Jul 2019 - 11:04PM

Bitter contest to represent Beijing-friendly Kuomintang in next year’s leadership election could leave party in tatters, analysts say.

Taiwan’s presidential hopefuls fight on as Kuomintang primaries draw to a close
Taiwan won’t give in to Beijing as it seeks UN membership, island’s President Tsai Ing-wen says

Just days after US agrees US$2.2 billion arms deal, leader of self-ruled island hosts unprecedented reception for diplomatic allies at de facto embassy in New York.

12 Jul 2019 - 10:32PM

Just days after US agrees US$2.2 billion arms deal, leader of self-ruled island hosts unprecedented reception for diplomatic allies at de facto embassy in New York.

Taiwan won’t give in to Beijing as it seeks UN membership, island’s President Tsai Ing-wen says
Beijing demands US halt biggest arms sale to Taiwan of Donald Trump’s presidency

Taipei government says deal shows US support against Beijing threat and normalises US arms sales to Taiwan, after Pentagon agency approves US$2.2 billion sale.

9 Jul 2019 - 10:49PM

Taipei government says deal shows US support against Beijing threat and normalises US arms sales to Taiwan, after Pentagon agency approves US$2.2 billion sale.

Beijing demands US halt biggest arms sale to Taiwan of Donald Trump’s presidency
Possible Taiwan presidential candidate Ko Wen-je meets head of mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je meets Liu Jieyi, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office, at end of three-day visit to Shanghai.

6 Jul 2019 - 7:31AM

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je meets Liu Jieyi, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office, at end of three-day visit to Shanghai.

Possible Taiwan presidential candidate Ko Wen-je meets head of mainland China’s Taiwan Affairs Office
Taipei’s ‘nonconformist’ mayor Ko Wen-je tries to paint himself as person Beijing can trust despite past stance on independence

Independent politician uses trip to mainland China to express support for friendly relations, saying we are all part of ‘one big family’.

5 Jul 2019 - 1:07AM

Independent politician uses trip to mainland China to express support for friendly relations, saying we are all part of ‘one big family’.

Taipei’s ‘nonconformist’ mayor Ko Wen-je tries to paint himself as person Beijing can trust despite past stance on independence
Taiwan bars retired top officials from ‘political events’ backed by Beijing

Opponents say legislation is a ploy to improve the ruling DPP’s chances in the island’s presidential election.

3 Jul 2019 - 9:44PM

Opponents say legislation is a ploy to improve the ruling DPP’s chances in the island’s presidential election.

Taiwan bars retired top officials from ‘political events’ backed by Beijing
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je heads to Shanghai to test waters for presidential bid

Mainland city visit will be closely watched by political and social observers in Taiwan.

3 Jul 2019 - 3:44PM

Mainland city visit will be closely watched by political and social observers in Taiwan.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je heads to Shanghai to test waters for presidential bid
Billionaire Foxconn boss Terry Gou opens up clear lead over KMT rivals in race to become next president of Taiwan
Taiwanese president to go on ‘democracy mission’ to Caribbean allies, with stops in the United States

Tsai Ing-wen expected to use American stopovers to cement partnership with the United States, observer says.

1 Jul 2019 - 11:09PM

Tsai Ing-wen expected to use American stopovers to cement partnership with the United States, observer says.

Taiwanese president to go on ‘democracy mission’ to Caribbean allies, with stops in the United States
Taipei resists Beijing’s attempt to win over Taiwan – one job at a time

Taipei has fined more than 30 people from the island for taking up what it says are government positions in mainland China.

1 Jul 2019 - 6:50AM

Taipei has fined more than 30 people from the island for taking up what it says are government positions in mainland China.

Taipei resists Beijing’s attempt to win over Taiwan – one job at a time
Taiwan presidential hopeful Han Kuo-yu left at sea by fiasco over ‘shipping route to mainland’

Kaohsiung mayor’s tourism chief attends launch of new route to mainland China – only for it to be discredited within hours at a time when Han is losing ground in the race to be president.

26 Jun 2019 - 7:42PM

Kaohsiung mayor’s tourism chief attends launch of new route to mainland China – only for it to be discredited within hours at a time when Han is losing ground in the race to be president.

Taiwan presidential hopeful Han Kuo-yu left at sea by fiasco over ‘shipping route to mainland’
Taiwan’s next-generation Formosat 7 satellite blasts off from Kennedy Space Centre

New system expected to increase the accuracy of Taiwan’s weather forecasts by at least 10 per cent.

25 Jun 2019 - 11:34PM

New system expected to increase the accuracy of Taiwan’s weather forecasts by at least 10 per cent.

Taiwan’s next-generation Formosat 7 satellite blasts off from Kennedy Space Centre
Tsai Ing-wen regains some ground but youth vote may hold the key to Taiwan’s election

After she is officially named DPP candidate for next year’s poll, president says young people ‘will be the most critical factor’.

23 Jun 2019 - 11:26PM

After she is officially named DPP candidate for next year’s poll, president says young people ‘will be the most critical factor’.

Tsai Ing-wen regains some ground but youth vote may hold the key to Taiwan’s election
Flight delays expected as cabin crew from Taiwan’s EVA Air strike over pay

Aviation authorities say industrial action will affect at least 7,000 passengers.

20 Jun 2019 - 11:14PM

Aviation authorities say industrial action will affect at least 7,000 passengers.

Flight delays expected as cabin crew from Taiwan’s EVA Air strike over pay
Taiwan ‘watching’ as Liaoning aircraft carrier sails into South China Sea

Defence ministry has ‘precise information’ about movements and location of carrier and escorts on their current exercise.

20 Jun 2019 - 11:14PM

Defence ministry has ‘precise information’ about movements and location of carrier and escorts on their current exercise.

Taiwan ‘watching’ as Liaoning aircraft carrier sails into South China Sea
Taiwanese companies hit by US-China trade war lured back home by Taipei

‘Invest Taiwan’ offers low-cost loans, help finding workers and even rent-free accommodation for firms struggling to make a profit on the Chinese mainland.

15 Jun 2019 - 11:38PM

‘Invest Taiwan’ offers low-cost loans, help finding workers and even rent-free accommodation for firms struggling to make a profit on the Chinese mainland.

Taiwanese companies hit by US-China trade war lured back home by Taipei
Tsai Ing-wen endorsed to run for second term as Taiwan’s president

Tsai hints that she might ask her opponent in the primary to be her running mate in 2020.

13 Jun 2019 - 11:21PM

Tsai hints that she might ask her opponent in the primary to be her running mate in 2020.

Tsai Ing-wen endorsed to run for second term as Taiwan’s president
Taiwan’s Kuomintang to send delegation to mainland China forum despite ‘warning’ from Taipei

Group led by party vice-chairman Tseng Yung-chuan will take part in opening ceremony on Sunday, spokeswoman says.

13 Jun 2019 - 5:26PM

Group led by party vice-chairman Tseng Yung-chuan will take part in opening ceremony on Sunday, spokeswoman says.

Taiwan’s Kuomintang to send delegation to mainland China forum despite ‘warning’ from Taipei
Taiwan’s DPP and KMT launch primaries for 2020 presidential elections

Candidates announced in what is being seen as a showdown between the self-ruled island’s pro-independence and pro-unification camps.

11 Jun 2019 - 2:55AM

Candidates announced in what is being seen as a showdown between the self-ruled island’s pro-independence and pro-unification camps.

Taiwan’s DPP and KMT launch primaries for 2020 presidential elections
US releases photo of Taiwanese major general at Indo-Pacific military talks

Flag of Taiwan’s Marine Corps also seen in pictures posted on social media by US Pacific Marines in another move likely to anger Beijing.

11 Jun 2019 - 6:11AM

Flag of Taiwan’s Marine Corps also seen in pictures posted on social media by US Pacific Marines in another move likely to anger Beijing.

US releases photo of Taiwanese major general at Indo-Pacific military talks
‘Fighter jets trump battle tanks’ in Taiwan’s US arms purchase priorities

Island aims to buy more than 100 Abrams tanks from the Pentagon but some observers say the focus should stay on aircraft.

7 Jun 2019 - 2:01PM

Island aims to buy more than 100 Abrams tanks from the Pentagon but some observers say the focus should stay on aircraft.

‘Fighter jets trump battle tanks’ in Taiwan’s US arms purchase priorities
Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu enters Taiwan’s presidential race

Han Kuo-yu won a landslide victory in November’s local elections and is regarded as Beijing’s preferred candidate for the island’s top political post.

11 Jul 2019 - 5:22PM

Han Kuo-yu won a landslide victory in November’s local elections and is regarded as Beijing’s preferred candidate for the island’s top political post.

Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu enters Taiwan’s presidential race
President Tsai Ing-wen promises to defend democracy as Taiwan marks 30th anniversary of Tiananmen crackdown

Leader marks June 4 killings with message to ‘freedom-loving friends in Hong Kong and China’ a day after hosting exiled dissidents.

5 Jun 2019 - 4:10AM

Leader marks June 4 killings with message to ‘freedom-loving friends in Hong Kong and China’ a day after hosting exiled dissidents.

President Tsai Ing-wen promises to defend democracy as Taiwan marks 30th anniversary of Tiananmen crackdown
Taiwanese chip maker TSMC set to gain as others cut supplies to Huawei

Company reiterates that its shipments ‘abide by the rules’ after mainland Chinese telecoms giant was blacklisted by Washington.

5 Jun 2019 - 4:14AM

Company reiterates that its shipments ‘abide by the rules’ after mainland Chinese telecoms giant was blacklisted by Washington.

Taiwanese chip maker TSMC set to gain as others cut supplies to Huawei
Taiwan changes name of de facto embassy in United States to ‘reflect stronger ties’

Coordination Council for North American Affairs becomes Taiwan Council for US Affairs, island’s foreign ministry says.

25 May 2019 - 10:54PM

Coordination Council for North American Affairs becomes Taiwan Council for US Affairs, island’s foreign ministry says.

Taiwan changes name of de facto embassy in United States to ‘reflect stronger ties’
Taiwan begins mass production of home-grown missile corvettes, minelayers

Self-ruled island cannot match Beijing’s spending, but innovation can help it succeed in a one-sided military conflict, observers say.

25 May 2019 - 10:54PM

Self-ruled island cannot match Beijing’s spending, but innovation can help it succeed in a one-sided military conflict, observers say.

Taiwan begins mass production of home-grown missile corvettes, minelayers
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says Tiananmen crackdown highlights need to stand up to Beijing

Taiwanese president meets leaders of 1989 pro-democracy movement to bolster credentials for protecting island’s democracy.

27 May 2019 - 10:56AM

Taiwanese president meets leaders of 1989 pro-democracy movement to bolster credentials for protecting island’s democracy.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says Tiananmen crackdown highlights need to stand up to Beijing
Taiwan air-sea military drill simulates repelling invasion as Beijing threat persists

Live-fire drill, part of Taiwan’s annual Han Kuang exercises, is largest of its kind for five years, island’s defence ministry says.

22 May 2019 - 10:38PM

Live-fire drill, part of Taiwan’s annual Han Kuang exercises, is largest of its kind for five years, island’s defence ministry says.

Taiwan air-sea military drill simulates repelling invasion as Beijing threat persists