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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Surprise attack on Taiwan by China’s PLA ‘unlikely’, according to Taipei think tank

Unusual military activity would be ‘unable to escape’ the watchful eye of US monitoring systems, while financial, diplomatic and domestic concerns would make Beijing ‘hesitant’ to wage war against the self-ruled island.

20 Feb 2019 - 8:01AM
Surprise attack on Taiwan by China’s PLA ‘unlikely’, according to Taipei think tank

Unusual military activity would be ‘unable to escape’ the watchful eye of US monitoring systems, while financial, diplomatic and domestic concerns would make Beijing ‘hesitant’ to wage war against the self-ruled island.

Google Maps military security breach not a big risk for Taiwan, expert says

Beijing already has satellite images of sites exposed by new 3D maps, and Taipei can gather its own intelligence on PLA activities through US and Japan, according to researcher.

19 Feb 2019 - 6:42PM
Google Maps military security breach not a big risk for Taiwan, expert says

Beijing already has satellite images of sites exposed by new 3D maps, and Taipei can gather its own intelligence on PLA activities through US and Japan, according to researcher.

Taiwan’s darkest military secrets revealed by Google Maps

Defence minister appeals for calm after enhanced 3-D maps leave nothing to the imagination, including Patriot missile base.

16 Feb 2019 - 4:11AM
Taiwan’s darkest military secrets revealed by Google Maps

Defence minister appeals for calm after enhanced 3-D maps leave nothing to the imagination, including Patriot missile base.

Strike over: Taiwan’s China Airlines and pilots reach deal to end week-long walkout

Carrier to add more pilots to longer-haul routes to combat fatigue and union agrees to not mount another strike for 3½ years.

15 Feb 2019 - 4:13AM
Strike over: Taiwan’s China Airlines and pilots reach deal to end week-long walkout

Carrier to add more pilots to longer-haul routes to combat fatigue and union agrees to not mount another strike for 3½ years.

US must support Taiwan with weapons against mainland aggression, Donald Trump is told

Asia Society panel calls for ‘strong and credible’ US defence of Taiwan where Beijing’s forces vastly outmatch those mustered by Taipei.

14 Feb 2019 - 6:27AM
US must support Taiwan with weapons against mainland aggression, Donald Trump is told

Asia Society panel calls for ‘strong and credible’ US defence of Taiwan where Beijing’s forces vastly outmatch those mustered by Taipei.

China Airlines promises compensation to stranded passengers as pilot strike continues

Thousands of travellers will be able to claim as China Airlines remains locked in dispute with pilots’ union and share price falls on first day of trading after Lunar New Year holiday.

12 Feb 2019 - 10:42AM
China Airlines promises compensation to stranded passengers as pilot strike continues

Thousands of travellers will be able to claim as China Airlines remains locked in dispute with pilots’ union and share price falls on first day of trading after Lunar New Year holiday.

Taiwanese spymaster looks back on killing that led to end of island’s martial law

Death of writer Henry Liu in US sparked fury and eventually brought democracy to self-ruled island.

11 Feb 2019 - 12:29PM
Taiwanese spymaster looks back on killing that led to end of island’s martial law

Death of writer Henry Liu in US sparked fury and eventually brought democracy to self-ruled island.

Popular Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je goes to Washington as Taiwan’s presidential hopefuls mull 2020 run

Independent politician will have to reassure US officials about his cross-strait intentions to secure American backing, observers say.

10 Feb 2019 - 11:10AM
Popular Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je goes to Washington as Taiwan’s presidential hopefuls mull 2020 run

Independent politician will have to reassure US officials about his cross-strait intentions to secure American backing, observers say.

China Airlines resumes talks with striking pilots amid airport chaos

Transport minister urges swift resolution so stranded travellers can get home after Lunar New Year holiday.

9 Feb 2019 - 11:26PM
China Airlines resumes talks with striking pilots amid airport chaos

Transport minister urges swift resolution so stranded travellers can get home after Lunar New Year holiday.

China Airlines pilots’ strike leads to angry scenes as passengers left stranded at Taiwan’s airports

Businesspeople, holidaymakers angry and confused as dozens of flights grounded due to industrial action.

8 Feb 2019 - 11:19PM
China Airlines pilots’ strike leads to angry scenes as passengers left stranded at Taiwan’s airports

Businesspeople, holidaymakers angry and confused as dozens of flights grounded due to industrial action.

Flights cancelled as China Airlines pilots strike, after Taiwanese firm’s chiefs fail to meet demands for more rest time

Union chief said they had no choice after managers failed to satisfy demands to improve their working condition.

8 Feb 2019 - 10:38AM
Flights cancelled as China Airlines pilots strike, after Taiwanese firm’s chiefs fail to meet demands for more rest time

Union chief said they had no choice after managers failed to satisfy demands to improve their working condition.

US will boost security ties with Taiwan, says ‘ambassador’ as he warns mainland China to stop strong-arm tactics

Washington’s top envoy says America has ‘grave concerns’ over efforts to coerce island into reunification talks.

30 Jan 2019 - 10:04PM
US will boost security ties with Taiwan, says ‘ambassador’ as he warns mainland China to stop strong-arm tactics

Washington’s top envoy says America has ‘grave concerns’ over efforts to coerce island into reunification talks.

Taiwan at risk of paralysing cyberattacks from mainland China, security think tank warns

Beijing could target undersea cables or force a change to the island’s root domain name, researchers say.

28 Jan 2019 - 11:01PM
Taiwan at risk of paralysing cyberattacks from mainland China, security think tank warns

Beijing could target undersea cables or force a change to the island’s root domain name, researchers say.

Taiwan’s opposition KMT plans US presence to build profile, win ‘more American friends’

Observers say proposal was part of discussions within the mainland-friendly party on its 2020 presidential election strategy.

27 Jan 2019 - 11:07PM
Taiwan’s opposition KMT plans US presence to build profile, win ‘more American friends’

Observers say proposal was part of discussions within the mainland-friendly party on its 2020 presidential election strategy.

US-China trade war, Donald Trump and pressure from Beijing are three biggest worries for Taiwan-based firms this year

Survey of business leaders by American Chamber of Commerce highlights biggest concerns for coming year.

24 Jan 2019 - 6:48PM
US-China trade war, Donald Trump and pressure from Beijing are three biggest worries for Taiwan-based firms this year

Survey of business leaders by American Chamber of Commerce highlights biggest concerns for coming year.

Former Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou appears in video as ‘shopkeeper for a day’ in bookstore

Video clip shows 68-year-old serving customers to ‘earn some money’ for calligraphy brushes and ink to write Lunar New Year couplets for supporters.

23 Jan 2019 - 11:16AM
Former Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou appears in video as ‘shopkeeper for a day’ in bookstore

Video clip shows 68-year-old serving customers to ‘earn some money’ for calligraphy brushes and ink to write Lunar New Year couplets for supporters.

Poll boost for Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen after tough stand against Beijing

Sharp rise in public support boosts Tsai’s chances of winning DPP nomination for 2020 presidential elections.

21 Jan 2019 - 10:34PM
Poll boost for Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen after tough stand against Beijing

Sharp rise in public support boosts Tsai’s chances of winning DPP nomination for 2020 presidential elections.

Nike, Apple, Amazon among top firms named by China for ‘misidentifying’ Taiwan

Taipei condemns Beijing report as latest effort to pressure self-ruled island into unification talks.

6 Feb 2019 - 5:19PM
Nike, Apple, Amazon among top firms named by China for ‘misidentifying’ Taiwan

Taipei condemns Beijing report as latest effort to pressure self-ruled island into unification talks.

China’s military strength could advance Taiwan unification by force, says US official

US official voices Washington concern that People’s Liberation Army is reaching the point where it is confident of overpowering the island – but Beijing is not expected to favour this soon.

16 Jan 2019 - 10:38PM
China’s military strength could advance Taiwan unification by force, says US official

US official voices Washington concern that People’s Liberation Army is reaching the point where it is confident of overpowering the island – but Beijing is not expected to favour this soon.

Huawei products banned by Taiwanese tech institute as island targets Chinese brands

Decision targets Chinese firm’s phones and computers amid concern over information theft, after US calls for blacklisting and Taiwan’s law halting use of certain Chinese products in government systems.

15 Jan 2019 - 10:26PM
Huawei products banned by Taiwanese tech institute as island targets Chinese brands

Decision targets Chinese firm’s phones and computers amid concern over information theft, after US calls for blacklisting and Taiwan’s law halting use of certain Chinese products in government systems.

Taiwan’s new Premier Su Tseng-chang faces ‘tough task’ to help win back public trust

President names 71-year-old DPP stalwart Su Tseng-chang in the role after outgoing premier William Lai and entire cabinet resigns.

11 Jan 2019 - 10:58PM
Taiwan’s new Premier Su Tseng-chang faces ‘tough task’ to help win back public trust

President names 71-year-old DPP stalwart Su Tseng-chang in the role after outgoing premier William Lai and entire cabinet resigns.

Taiwan launches into combat training with plans for live-fire drill to fend off mainland China attack

Exercise to feature range of weaponry but not linked to Beijing’s unification call, source says.

10 Jan 2019 - 10:51PM
Taiwan launches into combat training with plans for live-fire drill to fend off mainland China attack

Exercise to feature range of weaponry but not linked to Beijing’s unification call, source says.

Taiwan by-election first of many challenges for new DPP chairman

Cho Jung-tai vows to hit the ground running and never forget ‘the day that almost led to the fall of the party’.

9 Jan 2019 - 10:48PM
Taiwan by-election first of many challenges for new DPP chairman

Cho Jung-tai vows to hit the ground running and never forget ‘the day that almost led to the fall of the party’.

Xi Jinping’s Taiwan comments likely to scuttle talks, analysts say

A recent speech by the Chinese president used a ‘one-China’ principle that redefined the cross-strait understanding.

6 Jan 2019 - 2:27PM
Xi Jinping’s Taiwan comments likely to scuttle talks, analysts say

A recent speech by the Chinese president used a ‘one-China’ principle that redefined the cross-strait understanding.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen open to cross-strait talks, but has some demands for Beijing first

Leader explains her rejection of Xi Jinping’s proposal to start talks on unification based on ‘one country, two systems’.

5 Jan 2019 - 11:14PM
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen open to cross-strait talks, but has some demands for Beijing first

Leader explains her rejection of Xi Jinping’s proposal to start talks on unification based on ‘one country, two systems’.

Lessons learned on sovereign power in Hong Kong crucial as Beijing shapes ‘one country two systems’ for Taiwan, expert says

A new ‘Basic Law’ for Taiwan would have to clearly define Beijing’s sovereign rights and the island’s right to self-governance, associate professor Tian Feilong says.

4 Jan 2019 - 7:29AM
Lessons learned on sovereign power in Hong Kong crucial as Beijing shapes ‘one country two systems’ for Taiwan, expert says

A new ‘Basic Law’ for Taiwan would have to clearly define Beijing’s sovereign rights and the island’s right to self-governance, associate professor Tian Feilong says.

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen urged to stand aside by hardline pro-independence faction

Senior party activists want Tsai to drop plans for second term as president and take a back seat role for the rest of this one.

3 Jan 2019 - 9:14PM
Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen urged to stand aside by hardline pro-independence faction

Senior party activists want Tsai to drop plans for second term as president and take a back seat role for the rest of this one.

China’s reunification of Taiwan: are Taipei and Beijing locked in a zero-sum game?
Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Taiwan to follow Hong Kong model for unification

A day after Taiwanese leader says self-ruled Taiwan will not cede ground on sovereignty, Xi calls on Taipei to start work on adopting ‘one country, two systems’ to bring island back into the China fold.

3 Jan 2019 - 2:26AM
Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Taiwan to follow Hong Kong model for unification

A day after Taiwanese leader says self-ruled Taiwan will not cede ground on sovereignty, Xi calls on Taipei to start work on adopting ‘one country, two systems’ to bring island back into the China fold.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen tells Beijing it ‘must’ respect island’s sovereignty, people’s choices

Mainland must appreciate that ‘Republic of China, Taiwan’ has existed for a long time, and respect choice of 23 million people to live in freedom and under a democratic system.

1 Jan 2019 - 10:59PM
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen tells Beijing it ‘must’ respect island’s sovereignty, people’s choices

Mainland must appreciate that ‘Republic of China, Taiwan’ has existed for a long time, and respect choice of 23 million people to live in freedom and under a democratic system.

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