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

What will Joe Biden’s presidency mean for US-Taiwan relations?

Donald Trump oversaw a steadily warming relationship, though one former adviser has said he saw the island as a bargaining chip.

16 Jan 2021 - 10:08PM

Donald Trump oversaw a steadily warming relationship, though one former adviser has said he saw the island as a bargaining chip.

What will Joe Biden’s presidency mean for US-Taiwan relations?
US-China tensions: Taiwan a ‘model for the world’, American envoy Kelly Craft says

Ambassador compliments Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Twitter after pair spoke via video link on Thursday.

15 Jan 2021 - 12:51AM

Ambassador compliments Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Twitter after pair spoke via video link on Thursday.

US-China tensions: Taiwan a ‘model for the world’, American envoy Kelly Craft says
Taiwan denied diplomatic win as Washington travel freeze stops UN envoy Kelly Craft’s visit

Island was expecting US envoy to UN on Wednesday but her trip was called off hours beforehand amid Beijing‘s objections and fallout from attack on US Congress.

13 Jan 2021 - 2:01PM

Island was expecting US envoy to UN on Wednesday but her trip was called off hours beforehand amid Beijing‘s objections and fallout from attack on US Congress.

Taiwan denied diplomatic win as Washington travel freeze stops UN envoy Kelly Craft’s visit
US ambassador to United Nations will visit Taiwan, Mike Pompeo says

Kelly Craft will be the third senior American official sent to the island since August and the trip is certain to anger Beijing.

7 Jan 2021 - 11:17PM

Kelly Craft will be the third senior American official sent to the island since August and the trip is certain to anger Beijing.

US ambassador to United Nations will visit Taiwan, Mike Pompeo says
Taiwan and US set for sensitive dialogue – and reveal the timing in advance

US takes rare step of giving schedule of talks, in which Clarke Cooper, assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, will represent Washington.

6 Jan 2021 - 9:51PM

US takes rare step of giving schedule of talks, in which Clarke Cooper, assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, will represent Washington.

Taiwan and US set for sensitive dialogue – and reveal the timing in advance
Beijing using ‘cognitive warfare’ to sway Taiwan public opinion by feeding it misinformation, warns report

Mainland China is using online trolls and false reports to try to undermine support for Tsai Ing-wen’s government, government-funded think tank says.

5 Jan 2021 - 11:14PM

Mainland China is using online trolls and false reports to try to undermine support for Tsai Ing-wen’s government, government-funded think tank says.

Beijing using ‘cognitive warfare’ to sway Taiwan public opinion by feeding it misinformation, warns report
Taiwan’s ban on books, TV shows ‘the work of the thought police’, co-founder of ruling party says

Taiwan’s culture minister says more restrictions are likely, targeting PLA and Communist Party publications.

3 Jan 2021 - 11:07PM

Taiwan’s culture minister says more restrictions are likely, targeting PLA and Communist Party publications.

Taiwan’s ban on books, TV shows ‘the work of the thought police’, co-founder of ruling party says
The world is watching, Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen tells China in talks offer

In New Year’s Day speech, Tsai Ing-wen says she hopes for a gradual return to regular people-to-people exchanges with Beijing once pandemic eases.

1 Jan 2021 - 11:20PM

In New Year’s Day speech, Tsai Ing-wen says she hopes for a gradual return to regular people-to-people exchanges with Beijing once pandemic eases.

The world is watching, Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen tells China in talks offer
Taiwan reports its first case of mutant Covid-19 strain found in Britain

Health minister says a child who arrived on the island from London on the weekend was confirmed with the new variant.

30 Dec 2020 - 8:34PM

Health minister says a child who arrived on the island from London on the weekend was confirmed with the new variant.

Taiwan reports its first case of mutant Covid-19 strain found in Britain
China warns of harm to US ties with Trump’s support for Taiwan, Tibet bills

One act includes sanctions for Chinese officials who try to appoint the next Dalai Lama while the other seeks to strengthen Washington’s ties with Taipei.

29 Dec 2020 - 12:33AM

One act includes sanctions for Chinese officials who try to appoint the next Dalai Lama while the other seeks to strengthen Washington’s ties with Taipei.

China warns of harm to US ties with Trump’s support for Taiwan, Tibet bills
Taiwan’s strong 2020: Covid-19 success, investment gains and US support

Coronavirus containment measures paid off, businesses relocating from mainland China buoyed the economy, and Washington approved arms sales and sent officials.

25 Dec 2020 - 10:11AM

Coronavirus containment measures paid off, businesses relocating from mainland China buoyed the economy, and Washington approved arms sales and sent officials.

Taiwan’s strong 2020: Covid-19 success, investment gains and US support
Taiwan reports first local coronavirus case in eight months

Woman tests positive after contact with a New Zealand cargo pilot in Taipei.

22 Dec 2020 - 5:14PM

Woman tests positive after contact with a New Zealand cargo pilot in Taipei.

Taiwan reports first local coronavirus case in eight months
Taiwan set for live-fire drill in ‘potential flashpoint’ Pratas Islands

Marines and coastguard to take part in drills, months after Japanese media reported mainland military planned an exercise simulating invasion of the islets.

19 Dec 2020 - 11:06PM

Marines and coastguard to take part in drills, months after Japanese media reported mainland military planned an exercise simulating invasion of the islets.

Taiwan set for live-fire drill in ‘potential flashpoint’ Pratas Islands
Beijing may refuse entry to Taiwanese visitors with ‘Wuhan coronavirus’ on their test results, Air China says

Health certificates that use the phrase ‘will be deemed void’ and may result in passengers being refused entry on arrival, flag carrier says.

18 Dec 2020 - 11:10PM

Health certificates that use the phrase ‘will be deemed void’ and may result in passengers being refused entry on arrival, flag carrier says.

Beijing may refuse entry to Taiwanese visitors with ‘Wuhan coronavirus’ on their test results, Air China says
Taiwan launches ‘carrier killer’ corvette as it strengthens defences against mainland China attack

The Ta Jiang is armed with anti-ship missiles and stealth technology that will allow it take out much larger vessels.

15 Dec 2020 - 10:22PM

The Ta Jiang is armed with anti-ship missiles and stealth technology that will allow it take out much larger vessels.

Taiwan launches ‘carrier killer’ corvette as it strengthens defences against mainland China attack
Taiwan aims to be eligible to join CPTPP before Beijing, but ‘must revisit Japan food ban’

Taipei may find it easier than Beijing to satisfy membership requirements – if the island can assuage Tokyo over a food ban relating to 2011 nuclear disaster.

14 Dec 2020 - 10:36PM

Taipei may find it easier than Beijing to satisfy membership requirements – if the island can assuage Tokyo over a food ban relating to 2011 nuclear disaster.

Taiwan aims to be eligible to join CPTPP before Beijing, but ‘must revisit Japan food ban’
Taiwan’s purchase of US mobile communication system could help counter Chinese cyberattack

The Field Information Communications System is as significant as other, more high-profile weapons Washington has sold to Taipei, analyst says.

13 Dec 2020 - 11:17PM

The Field Information Communications System is as significant as other, more high-profile weapons Washington has sold to Taipei, analyst says.

Taiwan’s purchase of US mobile communication system could help counter Chinese cyberattack
Joe Biden won’t make dramatic changes to US policies on Taiwan, says former Obama official

Former assistant secretary of state Kurt Campbell tells security forum that many in Washington value strong relationship with Taiwan.

9 Dec 2020 - 3:24AM

Former assistant secretary of state Kurt Campbell tells security forum that many in Washington value strong relationship with Taiwan.

Joe Biden won’t make dramatic changes to US policies on Taiwan, says former Obama official
Washington approves US$280 million arms sale to Taiwan

US defence security agency says communications system deal ‘will not alter’ the region’s basic military balance.

8 Dec 2020 - 11:42PM

US defence security agency says communications system deal ‘will not alter’ the region’s basic military balance.

Washington approves US$280 million arms sale to Taiwan
Taiwan, US count on giant radar system for early warning if PLA attacks

It would play a key role in an attack across the strait, or if China’s nuclear submarines launched missiles at US facilities in Japan and Guam, analysts say.

7 Dec 2020 - 6:15AM

It would play a key role in an attack across the strait, or if China’s nuclear submarines launched missiles at US facilities in Japan and Guam, analysts say.

Taiwan, US count on giant radar system for early warning if PLA attacks
Taiwan starts building its own submarines despite questions over ability to deter attacks from mainland China

Supporters of the project say they can still help stop invasion from the Chinese mainland under the asymmetric warfare strategy

29 Nov 2020 - 11:07PM

Supporters of the project say they can still help stop invasion from the Chinese mainland under the asymmetric warfare strategy

Taiwan starts building its own submarines despite questions over ability to deter attacks from mainland China
US leaves Taiwan wanting more with latest official visit off the menu

EPA boss Andrew Wheeler’s travel plans postponed one day after Taipei celebrated another high-ranking guest from Washington.

25 Nov 2020 - 11:01PM

EPA boss Andrew Wheeler’s travel plans postponed one day after Taipei celebrated another high-ranking guest from Washington.

US leaves Taiwan wanting more with latest official visit off the menu
Taiwan starts building submarine fleet amid military threats from Beijing

Domestically developed vessels will have US combat systems, with the first to be delivered to the navy by 2025.

24 Nov 2020 - 10:03PM

Domestically developed vessels will have US combat systems, with the first to be delivered to the navy by 2025.

Taiwan starts building submarine fleet amid military threats from Beijing
Taiwan visit by admiral ‘suggests two months of provocation by Donald Trump’

Beijing is best advised to avoid being baited by US president, to prevent escalation into conflict, according to military insider.

24 Nov 2020 - 11:20AM

Beijing is best advised to avoid being baited by US president, to prevent escalation into conflict, according to military insider.

Taiwan visit by admiral ‘suggests two months of provocation by Donald Trump’
US admiral’s undercover visit to Taiwan certain to annoy China

Former Donald Trump aide notes close intelligence exchanges between Taipei and Washington on military threat from Chinese mainland.

23 Nov 2020 - 2:08PM

Former Donald Trump aide notes close intelligence exchanges between Taipei and Washington on military threat from Chinese mainland.

US admiral’s undercover visit to Taiwan certain to annoy China
Taiwan grounds its F-16 fighters as search goes on for missing jet, pilot

Aircraft will be remain out of service until a safety inspection has been completed, deputy defence minister Chang Che-ping says.

18 Nov 2020 - 11:02PM

Aircraft will be remain out of service until a safety inspection has been completed, deputy defence minister Chang Che-ping says.

Taiwan grounds its F-16 fighters as search goes on for missing jet, pilot
Taiwan F-16 fighter thought to have crashed into sea two minutes after take-off

Jet went missing hours after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen honoured a pilot who was killed in a crash last month.

18 Nov 2020 - 12:52AM

Jet went missing hours after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen honoured a pilot who was killed in a crash last month.

Taiwan F-16 fighter thought to have crashed into sea two minutes after take-off
Does Taiwan’s caution on ‘military training’ show US support has limits?

Reports that American marines helped train their Taiwanese counterparts are dismissed by both parties.

14 Nov 2020 - 10:49PM

Reports that American marines helped train their Taiwanese counterparts are dismissed by both parties.

Does Taiwan’s caution on ‘military training’ show US support has limits?
Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen taps TSMC’s Morris Chang to represent island at Apec

Chang charged by Tsai with showing island’s willingness to help curb the pandemic and strengthen ties to shore up supply chains.

10 Nov 2020 - 10:49PM

Chang charged by Tsai with showing island’s willingness to help curb the pandemic and strengthen ties to shore up supply chains.

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen taps TSMC’s Morris Chang to represent island at Apec
Taiwan: don’t expect a Biden repeat of Trump’s call with Tsai, analysts say

Trump made history when he spoke directly to the Taiwanese leader but much more is at stake now.

10 Nov 2020 - 1:47PM

Trump made history when he spoke directly to the Taiwanese leader but much more is at stake now.

Taiwan: don’t expect a Biden repeat of Trump’s call with Tsai, analysts say