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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Coronavirus: Taiwanese workers call time on mainland China over Covid-19 fears

An extended Lunar New Year holiday provides people from the self-ruled island with the opportunity to rethink their careers as the death toll from the deadly coronavirus continues to rise.

23 Feb 2020 - 11:32PM

An extended Lunar New Year holiday provides people from the self-ruled island with the opportunity to rethink their careers as the death toll from the deadly coronavirus continues to rise.

Coronavirus: Taiwanese workers call time on mainland China over Covid-19 fears
Coronavirus: cases have not yet peaked, Xi Jinping tells Politburo

Battles still to be fought at the epicentre of the epidemic, president says.

23 Feb 2020 - 11:00AM

Battles still to be fought at the epicentre of the epidemic, president says.

Coronavirus: cases have not yet peaked, Xi Jinping tells Politburo
Coronavirus: vital to stop human-to-human spread in Wuhan, says China’s top expert as death toll hits 1,868

WHO delegation of medical experts heading to other regions after meetings in Beijing – but will not visit the outbreak’s epicentre of Hubei.

18 Feb 2020 - 9:49PM

WHO delegation of medical experts heading to other regions after meetings in Beijing – but will not visit the outbreak’s epicentre of Hubei.

Coronavirus: vital to stop human-to-human spread in Wuhan, says China’s top expert as death toll hits 1,868
Could the coronavirus drag Beijing and Taipei towards conflict?

Lifted by US support for its presence on world stage and empowered by voters at home, Taiwan’s pro-independence government continues face-off with Beijing.

16 Feb 2020 - 11:00PM

Lifted by US support for its presence on world stage and empowered by voters at home, Taiwan’s pro-independence government continues face-off with Beijing.

Could the coronavirus drag Beijing and Taipei towards conflict?
Chinese warplanes make second Taiwan incursion in space of two days

Taiwan sends fighters to intercept mainland military aircraft after they cross dividing line in Taiwan Strait.

14 Feb 2020 - 4:51PM

Taiwan sends fighters to intercept mainland military aircraft after they cross dividing line in Taiwan Strait.

Chinese warplanes make second Taiwan incursion in space of two days
Coronavirus: Taiwan tourism sector braces as entry restrictions imposed on Hong Kong, Macau

Self-ruled island will suspend online visitor permit service and entry permits on arrival for people travelling from the two cities amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:50PM

Self-ruled island will suspend online visitor permit service and entry permits on arrival for people travelling from the two cities amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: Taiwan tourism sector braces as entry restrictions imposed on Hong Kong, Macau
Taiwan halts visas for Hong Kong and Macau citizens as coronavirus deaths reach 565 globally

Self-governed island wary of fresh infections in the two cities, while there are 3,694 confirmed new cases in mainland China, with 73 new deaths.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:51PM

Self-governed island wary of fresh infections in the two cities, while there are 3,694 confirmed new cases in mainland China, with 73 new deaths.

Taiwan halts visas for Hong Kong and Macau citizens as coronavirus deaths reach 565 globally
Coronavirus: Taiwan restricts Hong Kong and Macau travellers amid outbreak crisis

Starting on Friday, people from Hong Kong and Macau will need to be under home or hotel quarantine for 14 days if they want to visit the island, according to Taiwan’s Centres for Disease Control.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:52PM

Starting on Friday, people from Hong Kong and Macau will need to be under home or hotel quarantine for 14 days if they want to visit the island, according to Taiwan’s Centres for Disease Control.

Coronavirus: Taiwan restricts  Hong Kong and Macau travellers amid outbreak crisis
Coronavirus: infant tests positive just 30 hours after birth

Child in stable condition as case raises concern of transmission in the womb.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:03PM

Child in stable condition as case raises concern of transmission in the womb.

Coronavirus: infant tests positive just 30 hours after birth
Taiwan slaps coronavirus entry ban on foreigners travelling from mainland China

Island bars non-Chinese citizens who have been on the mainland in the last 14 days.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:12PM

Island bars non-Chinese citizens who have been on the mainland in the last 14 days.

Taiwan slaps coronavirus entry ban on foreigners travelling from mainland China
Coronavirus: China predicts fall in mortality rate as mainland deaths hit 425

Confirmed cases in China rise to 20,438, while in Hubei province – the outbreak’s epicentre – they hit 13,522, and deaths nationwide rose by 64 to 414, another record high.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:12PM

Confirmed cases in China rise to 20,438, while in Hubei province – the outbreak’s epicentre – they hit 13,522, and deaths nationwide rose by 64 to 414, another record high.

Coronavirus: China predicts fall in mortality rate as mainland deaths hit 425
Coronavirus: WHO enlists internet giants in war on rumours as mainland China death toll hits 361

Health agency chief says social media companies have taken steps to limit misinformation.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:24PM

Health agency chief says social media companies have taken steps to limit misinformation.

Coronavirus: WHO enlists internet giants in war on rumours as mainland China death toll hits 361
Taipei complains to World Health Organisation after coronavirus case is classed as ‘Taiwan, China’

Island’s representative office in Geneva instructed to ‘issue a solemn protest to WHO secretary general … demand a correction’, foreign ministry says.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:35PM

Island’s representative office in Geneva instructed to ‘issue a solemn protest to WHO secretary general … demand a correction’, foreign ministry says.

Taipei complains to World Health Organisation after coronavirus case is classed as ‘Taiwan, China’
Chinese military aircraft fly close to Taiwan, island’s defence ministry says

H-6 bomber, early warning and control plane part of long-haul exercise that bypassed island’s southern tip en route to western Pacific, Taipei says.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:33PM

H-6 bomber, early warning and control plane part of long-haul exercise that bypassed island’s southern tip en route to western Pacific, Taipei says.

Chinese military aircraft fly close to Taiwan, island’s defence ministry says
How political tensions between Taiwan and mainland China could hamper efforts to fight Wuhan virus

The self-governed island has recorded its first case of the coronavirus but its exclusion from the World Health Organisation risks hampering efforts to stop its spread.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:47PM

The self-governed island has recorded its first case of the coronavirus but its exclusion from the World Health Organisation risks hampering efforts to stop its spread.

How political tensions between Taiwan and mainland China could hamper efforts to fight Wuhan virus
Buoyed by big win, Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen urges mainland China to review strained ties

Tsai says she won’t provoke Beijing but the recent elections on the island are a message for authorities across the Taiwan Strait.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:48PM

Tsai says she won’t provoke Beijing but the recent elections on the island are a message for authorities across the Taiwan Strait.

Buoyed by big win, Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen urges mainland China to review strained ties
Taiwan’s battered KMT ‘needs higher profile in United States’

Opposition party considers reopening office in Washington after heavy electoral losses to DPP.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:53PM

Opposition party considers reopening office in Washington after heavy electoral losses to DPP.

Taiwan’s battered KMT ‘needs higher profile in United States’
Tsai Ing-wen says Beijing must face reality that Taiwan is ‘an independent country already’

After election win, president says in interview that island is successful democracy with decent economy and deserves respect.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:09PM

After election win, president says in interview that island is successful democracy with decent economy and deserves respect.

Tsai Ing-wen says Beijing must face reality that Taiwan is ‘an independent country already’
Taipei wins over Prague but Taiwan may face bigger Beijing battle

Beijing might increase pressure on all fronts to send a message to the island’s newly re-elected president, observers say.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:15PM

Beijing might increase pressure on all fronts to send a message to the island’s newly re-elected president, observers say.

Taipei wins over Prague but Taiwan may face bigger Beijing battle
Is this 69-year-old jogger and former president the future of Taiwan’s Kuomintang?

Calls have emerged from within the KMT for Ma Ying-jeou to make a comeback to lead the battered organisation back to power.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:37PM

Calls have emerged from within the KMT for Ma Ying-jeou to make a comeback to lead the battered organisation back to power.

Is this 69-year-old jogger and former president the future of Taiwan’s Kuomintang?
Taiwan election results ‘suggest no appetite for rapid push for independence’ after Tsai Ing-wen’s victory

The success of the president and her independence-leaning DPP on Saturday suggests voters are happy with the status quo, according to one analyst.

17 Feb 2020 - 5:00PM

The success of the president and her independence-leaning DPP on Saturday suggests voters are happy with the status quo, according to one analyst.

Taiwan election results ‘suggest no appetite for rapid push for independence’ after Tsai Ing-wen’s victory
William Lai tipped to be DPP’s presidential candidate after Tsai Ing-wen’s Taiwan poll victory

Analysts say Tsai’s running mate and former bitter rival had party’s support clinched before Saturday’s election victory.

17 Feb 2020 - 5:02PM

Analysts say Tsai’s running mate and former bitter rival had party’s support clinched before Saturday’s election victory.

William Lai tipped to be DPP’s presidential candidate after Tsai Ing-wen’s Taiwan poll victory
Taiwan elections: Tsai Ing-wen re-elected as president as rival Han Kuo-yu concedes defeat

President’s approach to Beijing was one of the key issues in the election and victory will be seen as a mandate to continue her approach.

17 Feb 2020 - 5:02PM

President’s approach to Beijing was one of the key issues in the election and victory will be seen as a mandate to continue her approach.

Taiwan elections: Tsai Ing-wen re-elected as president as rival Han Kuo-yu concedes defeat
Taiwan elections: Tsai Ing-wen pulls ahead of Han Kuo-yu as counting gets under way, TV stations say

Early results show incumbent president with about 57 per cent of the vote, with main rival back on 38 per cent.

17 Feb 2020 - 5:02PM

Early results show incumbent president with about 57 per cent of the vote, with main rival back on 38 per cent.

Taiwan elections: Tsai Ing-wen pulls ahead of Han Kuo-yu as counting gets under way, TV stations say
For Taiwan’s voters, election is about more than Beijing and Washington

In the final of a five-part series on Taiwan’s election, we look at how relations between Beijing, Taipei and Washington are affecting the presidential poll.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:13PM

In the final of a five-part series on Taiwan’s election, we look at how relations between Beijing, Taipei and Washington are affecting the presidential poll.

For Taiwan’s voters, election is about more than Beijing and Washington
Beijing ‘spy’ death threat claims shake up Taiwan’s election campaign as race enters final days

Reports that self-professed agent Wang Liqiang was threatened to retract allegations of interference in the island roil political parties.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:13PM

Reports that self-professed agent Wang Liqiang was threatened to retract allegations of interference in the island roil political parties.

Beijing ‘spy’ death threat claims shake up Taiwan’s election campaign as race enters final days
Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen poised to complete improbable political comeback

Incumbent president heading into election with a substantial lead in polls after earlier trailing main rival Han Kuo-yu by 30 points.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:41PM

Incumbent president heading into election with a substantial lead in polls after earlier trailing main rival Han Kuo-yu by 30 points.

Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen poised to complete improbable political comeback
Deadly Taiwan helicopter crash ‘won’t affect military operations or defence against Beijing’

Chief of general staff and seven other senior personnel were killed when Black Hawk chopper went down in mountainous area outside Taipei on Thursday.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:52PM

Chief of general staff and seven other senior personnel were killed when Black Hawk chopper went down in mountainous area outside Taipei on Thursday.

Deadly Taiwan helicopter crash ‘won’t affect military operations or defence against Beijing’
Taiwan’s top military leader among eight dead in Black Hawk chopper crash

Chief of staff, two major generals and other senior military personnel killed.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:52PM

Chief of staff, two major generals and other senior military personnel killed.

Taiwan’s top military leader among eight dead in Black Hawk chopper crash
Taiwan’s anti-infiltration bill is passed as opposition lawmakers protest

Critics say it could have a chilling effect on the island, while Beijing accuses the ruling DPP of seeking electoral gain and creating enmity.

15 Feb 2020 - 1:00PM

Critics say it could have a chilling effect on the island, while Beijing accuses the ruling DPP of seeking electoral gain and creating enmity.

Taiwan’s anti-infiltration bill is passed as opposition lawmakers protest