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.

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Taiwan’s military tests defences against mainland China invasion in annual war games

Five-day drill began with simulated PLA missile attacks targeting command centres, airports and military bases, source says.

13 Jul 2020 - 11:17PM

Five-day drill began with simulated PLA missile attacks targeting command centres, airports and military bases, source says.

Taiwan’s military tests defences against mainland China invasion in annual war games
The Taiwan missile tech aimed at keeping a PLA attack at bay

The island is relying on a varied stockpile to fend off any assault from across the Taiwan Strait.

11 Jul 2020 - 6:30PM

The island is relying on a varied stockpile to fend off any assault from across the Taiwan Strait.

The Taiwan missile tech aimed at keeping a PLA attack at bay
What does US leaving the WHO mean for Taiwan’s campaign to rejoin?

Taipei had been counting on Washington’s support for it to take part in the World Health Assembly, but now it’s in a difficult position.

11 Jul 2020 - 10:26PM

Taipei had been counting on Washington’s support for it to take part in the World Health Assembly, but now it’s in a difficult position.

What does US leaving the WHO mean for Taiwan’s campaign to rejoin?
Taiwan hails defensive capability after US approves sale of missile upgrade

US$620 million deal ‘demonstrates the importance attached to our national defence security’, Taiwanese defence ministry says.

10 Jul 2020 - 11:12PM

US$620 million deal ‘demonstrates the importance attached to our national defence security’, Taiwanese defence ministry says.

Taiwan hails defensive capability after US approves sale of missile upgrade
National security law: Taipei says Hong Kong police powers under legislation ‘create fear’ on self-ruled island

New rules allowing police to demand information from political groups in Taiwan and elsewhere slammed by Taipei.

8 Jul 2020 - 12:53AM

New rules allowing police to demand information from political groups in Taiwan and elsewhere slammed by Taipei.

National security law: Taipei says Hong Kong police powers under legislation ‘create fear’ on self-ruled island
Operation Bashi Channel: the next flashpoint in the China-US military rivalry

Both militaries have made their presence felt in the busy waterway south of Taiwan.

6 Jul 2020 - 12:19PM

Both militaries have made their presence felt in the busy waterway south of Taiwan.

Operation Bashi Channel: the next flashpoint in the China-US military rivalry
Taiwan expels 2 mainland Chinese TV reporters over political talk shows

The journalists, who are from the Southeast Television in the mainland province of Fujian, must leave Taiwan on Friday morning.

3 Jul 2020 - 10:21PM

The journalists, who are from the Southeast Television in the mainland province of Fujian, must leave Taiwan on Friday morning.

Taiwan expels 2 mainland Chinese TV reporters over political talk shows
Taiwan moves to build ties with unrecognised state of Somaliland

Self-governing territories’ move falls short of full recognition, but will help Taipei expand its diplomatic reach.

1 Jul 2020 - 11:24PM

Self-governing territories’ move falls short of full recognition, but will help Taipei expand its diplomatic reach.

Taiwan moves to build ties with unrecognised state of Somaliland
Beijing warns Taiwan’s ruling party not to ‘mess up’ Hong Kong affairs

Mainland spokeswoman describes DPP as ‘black hand’ trying to undermine city’s prosperity and stability, while Taiwan hits back and opens new office to help fleeing Hongkongers.

2 Jul 2020 - 12:12AM

Mainland spokeswoman describes DPP as ‘black hand’ trying to undermine city’s prosperity and stability, while Taiwan hits back and opens new office to help fleeing Hongkongers.

Beijing warns Taiwan’s ruling party not to ‘mess up’ Hong Kong affairs
Taiwan warned against ‘wishful thinking’ that US will come to rescue if China attacks

Su Chi, former head of the island’s National Security Council, says government should not delude itself over America’s ability or willingness to stop a PLA invasion.

30 Jun 2020 - 7:24AM

Su Chi, former head of the island’s National Security Council, says government should not delude itself over America’s ability or willingness to stop a PLA invasion.

Taiwan warned against ‘wishful thinking’ that US will come to rescue if China attacks
South China Sea: US Air Force ‘heads out again on search for Chinese submarines’

Taiwanese security source says American forces may have been responding to intelligence about the PLA Navy.

27 Jun 2020 - 5:05AM

Taiwanese security source says American forces may have been responding to intelligence about the PLA Navy.

South China Sea: US Air Force ‘heads out again on search for Chinese submarines’
US Air Force on surveillance missions in South China Sea, Beijing think tank says

Anti-submarine, reconnaissance and transport aircraft all engaged in manoeuvres, South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative says.

25 Jun 2020 - 10:05PM

Anti-submarine, reconnaissance and transport aircraft all engaged in manoeuvres, South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative says.

US Air Force on surveillance missions in South China Sea, Beijing think tank says
Coronavirus: Taiwan to allow transit passengers, some visitors as it starts to ease restrictions

Travellers will be able to stay in designated area at Taoyuan airport in Taipei for up to eight hours, while visits for non-tourism purposes will also be permitted and some students will be able to return.

24 Jun 2020 - 11:23PM

Travellers will be able to stay in designated area at Taoyuan airport in Taipei for up to eight hours, while visits for non-tourism purposes will also be permitted and some students will be able to return.

Coronavirus: Taiwan to allow transit passengers, some visitors as it starts to ease restrictions
Brave Eagle jet trainer soars in milestone for Taiwan defence industry

President Tsai Ing-wen hails ‘leap’ in development for island’s aerospace industry and underlines home-grown defence policy.

22 Jun 2020 - 11:23PM

President Tsai Ing-wen hails ‘leap’ in development for island’s aerospace industry and underlines home-grown defence policy.

Brave Eagle jet trainer soars in milestone for Taiwan defence industry
Beijing steps up presence in ‘military grey zones’ to pressure Taiwan

The mainland is using various indirect tactics to intimidate the island without engaging in conventional combat, observers say.

21 Jun 2020 - 12:12AM

The mainland is using various indirect tactics to intimidate the island without engaging in conventional combat, observers say.

Beijing steps up presence in ‘military grey zones’ to pressure Taiwan
Hong Kong protests: Taiwan announces humanitarian aid plan for people fleeing city

Government-funded agency will work with human rights and civil groups to help ‘asylum seekers’ with residency, settlement, employment and protection issues, official says.

20 Jun 2020 - 6:27PM

Government-funded agency will work with human rights and civil groups to help ‘asylum seekers’ with residency, settlement, employment and protection issues, official says.

Hong Kong protests: Taiwan announces humanitarian aid plan for people fleeing city
Taiwan appoints Tsai Ing-wen confidant Hsiao Bi-khim as US envoy

48-year-old set to take over as head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington next month.

17 Jun 2020 - 11:02PM

48-year-old set to take over as head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington next month.

Taiwan appoints Tsai Ing-wen confidant Hsiao Bi-khim as US envoy
Beijing sends warplane to buzz Taiwan after missile test

PLA aircraft crosses unofficial airspace boundary in Taiwan Strait after island launches missile-intercept drill.

12 Jun 2020 - 10:37PM

PLA aircraft crosses unofficial airspace boundary in Taiwan Strait after island launches missile-intercept drill.

Beijing sends warplane to buzz Taiwan after missile test
Taiwanese council wades into territorial row with Japan over island chain

Yilan council votes to pre-empt Japan’s Ishigaki city by renaming chain the Touchen Diaoyutai islands.

11 Jun 2020 - 8:00PM

Yilan council votes to pre-empt Japan’s Ishigaki city by renaming chain the Touchen Diaoyutai islands.

Taiwanese council wades into territorial row with Japan over island chain
Is rare US military flight over Taiwan a sign of more to come?

US Navy transport jet emits transponder signal, showing China and others its flight over island.

10 Jun 2020 - 11:41PM

US Navy transport jet emits transponder signal, showing China and others its flight over island.

Is rare US military flight over Taiwan a sign of more to come?
Chinese warplanes enter Taiwan Strait after US flyover

Taiwanese military says it detected a group of Su-30 fighters and sent jets to intercept them.

9 Jun 2020 - 11:15PM

Taiwanese military says it detected a group of Su-30 fighters and sent jets to intercept them.

Chinese warplanes enter Taiwan Strait after US flyover
Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen calls for reconciliation after mayoral recall vote, politician’s death

‘Result should be a warning to all politicians that the people can bestow power and can take it back,’ president says after Han Kuo-yu is ousted as Kaohsiung mayor.

7 Jun 2020 - 11:17PM

‘Result should be a warning to all politicians that the people can bestow power and can take it back,’ president says after Han Kuo-yu is ousted as Kaohsiung mayor.

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen calls for reconciliation after mayoral recall vote, politician’s death
Taiwan is sharing its expertise around the world, despite Beijing’s efforts to keep it quiet

Under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework, Taipei has held workshops on everything from cybersecurity to women’s empowerment.

7 Jun 2020 - 10:14PM

Under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework, Taipei has held workshops on everything from cybersecurity to women’s empowerment.

Taiwan is sharing its expertise around the world, despite Beijing’s efforts to keep it quiet
Taiwan opposition candidate Han Kuo-yu removed as mayor of Kaohsiung after heavy defeat in recall election

KMT politician was reportedly Beijing’s preferred candidate for presidency and analysts say scale of backlash shows growing resentment of mainland China’s actions.

6 Jun 2020 - 11:44PM

KMT politician was reportedly Beijing’s preferred candidate for presidency and analysts say scale of backlash shows growing resentment of mainland China’s actions.

Taiwan opposition candidate Han Kuo-yu removed as mayor of Kaohsiung after heavy defeat in recall election
Han Kuo-yu, who lost Taiwan presidential race in January, now facing a recall as mayor

Han had been criticised for running as KMT candidate against the DPP incumbent, Tsai Ing-wen, just months after being elected mayor; if he is ousted, the fallout would mean a stronger DPP hold on Taiwan politics and a possible revamping of KMT leadership.

6 Jun 2020 - 3:04PM

Han had been criticised for running as KMT candidate against the DPP incumbent, Tsai Ing-wen, just months after being elected mayor; if he is ousted, the fallout would mean a stronger DPP hold on Taiwan politics and a possible revamping of KMT leadership.

Han Kuo-yu, who lost Taiwan presidential race in January, now facing a recall as mayor
Why is Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen so quiet on US protests, critics ask

Despite backing the demonstrators in Hong Kong, leader has ‘not said anything in support of the American protesters’, political commentator and former opposition lawmaker says.

3 Jun 2020 - 11:57PM

Despite backing the demonstrators in Hong Kong, leader has ‘not said anything in support of the American protesters’, political commentator and former opposition lawmaker says.

Why is Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen so quiet on US protests, critics ask
‘Lose, lose, lose’: Trump’s decision to quit WHO ‘may sink Taiwan hopes of role in agency’

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Washington has lobbied hard for Taipei’s observer status but its withdrawal may harm the bid.

3 Jun 2020 - 11:29PM

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Washington has lobbied hard for Taipei’s observer status but its withdrawal may harm the bid.

‘Lose, lose, lose’: Trump’s decision to quit WHO ‘may sink Taiwan hopes of role in agency’
Taiwan set to commission its largest patrol ship to strengthen South China Sea claims

The 4,000-tonne vessel could be launched on Tuesday, while the island is to begin production of advanced training jets amid growing hostility from Beijing.

1 Jun 2020 - 9:15PM

The 4,000-tonne vessel could be launched on Tuesday, while the island is to begin production of advanced training jets amid growing hostility from Beijing.

Taiwan set to commission its largest patrol ship to strengthen South China Sea claims
Under shadow of Beijing’s security law, Taiwan president thanks Hong Kong bookseller for supporting democracy

Lam Wing-kee said fleeing Hongkongers saw Taiwan as a step towards applying for asylum in the West.

30 May 2020 - 12:33AM

Lam Wing-kee said fleeing Hongkongers saw Taiwan as a step towards applying for asylum in the West.

Under shadow of Beijing’s security law, Taiwan president thanks Hong Kong bookseller for supporting democracy
Hongkongers who want to flee to Taiwan will go through strict screening, officials say

Only ‘shelter seekers’ who meet requirements will be eligible, and their applications will be closely scrutinised, Mainland Affairs Council says.

28 May 2020 - 11:40PM

Only ‘shelter seekers’ who meet requirements will be eligible, and their applications will be closely scrutinised, Mainland Affairs Council says.

Hongkongers who want to flee to Taiwan will go through strict screening, officials say