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

Taiwanese vice-president to stop in US and have meetings on way to Honduras

William Lai will stop in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and have virtual meetings with US ‘political dignitaries’, Taiwan’s presidential office says.

William Lai will stop in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and have virtual meetings with US ‘political dignitaries’, Taiwan’s presidential office says.

20 Jan 2022 - 6:48PM
Taiwan to send vice-president to attend Honduras inauguration as it seeks to boost ties

William Lai will lead a delegation at the event, as Taipei seeks to boost ties with remaining allies. Honduran president-elect Xiomara Castro pledged to switch allegiance to Beijing during her campaign but has since backtracked.

William Lai will lead a delegation at the event, as Taipei seeks to boost ties with remaining allies. Honduran president-elect Xiomara Castro pledged to switch allegiance to Beijing during her campaign but has since backtracked.

19 Jan 2022 - 4:41PM
Taiwan plans representative office in Slovenia as the EU nation blasts Beijing

Slovenian leader Janez Jansa condemns ‘capital with a one-party system lecturing about democracy and peace’ and says Beijing could gain from Taiwan joining WHO.

Slovenian leader Janez Jansa condemns ‘capital with a one-party system lecturing about democracy and peace’ and says Beijing could gain from Taiwan joining WHO.

18 Jan 2022 - 7:30PM
The US$8 billion defence plan that Taiwan hopes will deter mainland China

The five-year spending programme will go towards a range of missiles and naval projects to counter the PLA’s growing strength.

The five-year spending programme will go towards a range of missiles and naval projects to counter the PLA’s growing strength.

16 Jan 2022 - 10:30PM
Taiwan seizes diplomatic moment to expand trade and investment talks

Island in exploratory discussions with Canada and negotiating with the US and Japan.

Island in exploratory discussions with Canada and negotiating with the US and Japan.

11 Jan 2022 - 11:02PM
Taiwan’s most advanced fighter jet crashes, with pilot unaccounted for

The F-16V, commissioned last month to boost defence in the face of threats from Beijing, ‘rapidly slanted into the sea’ during training mission, air force says.

The F-16V, commissioned last month to boost defence in the face of threats from Beijing, ‘rapidly slanted into the sea’ during training mission, air force says.

11 Jan 2022 - 10:06PM
Twin poll blows for Taiwan’s KMT spark doubts about leadership ahead of wider votes

KMT leadership seen to have erred in political judgment and electoral strategies, compared to the all-out approach of the ruling DPP.

KMT leadership seen to have erred in political judgment and electoral strategies, compared to the all-out approach of the ruling DPP.

10 Jan 2022 - 9:28PM
Taiwan sends 21 back to mainland China, including self-proclaimed activist who swam across strait

Hu Haibo told Taiwanese officials he faced persecution from mainland authorities but was sent back on Thursday, one of 21 people being returned to the mainland.

Hu Haibo told Taiwanese officials he faced persecution from mainland authorities but was sent back on Thursday, one of 21 people being returned to the mainland.

6 Jan 2022 - 7:11PM
Former Taiwan envoy Jaime Wu under fire over Nicaraguan citizenship

Wu urged to return to the island to face questions about his loyalty.

Wu urged to return to the island to face questions about his loyalty.

5 Jan 2022 - 9:00PM
Taiwan sends veterans to Washington for closer military exchanges

Pair of veterans to set up office in Taipei’s de facto embassy and foster interactions between active and retired officers on either side.

Pair of veterans to set up office in Taipei’s de facto embassy and foster interactions between active and retired officers on either side.

3 Jan 2022 - 9:00PM
New US defence law calls for stronger Taiwan ties, but US President Joe Biden must walk a tightrope

Under the 2022 National Defence Authorisation Act, Taiwan will be invited to this summer’s Rim of the Pacific military exercises, but the prospects for its participation are not assured.

Under the 2022 National Defence Authorisation Act, Taiwan will be invited to this summer’s Rim of the Pacific military exercises, but the prospects for its participation are not assured.

1 Jan 2022 - 10:00PM
Taiwan blasts Nicaragua for giving its assets to Beijing after cutting ties

Ministry criticises ‘illegal seizure’ after Daniel Ortega’s government confiscates embassy compound and other assets Taipei had donated to Catholic archdiocese.

Ministry criticises ‘illegal seizure’ after Daniel Ortega’s government confiscates embassy compound and other assets Taipei had donated to Catholic archdiocese.

28 Dec 2021 - 1:01AM
Taiwan’s sister website of former Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily set for sale

Hong Kong liquidator for owner Next Digital, founded by jailed tycoon Jimmy Lai, is negotiating with potential buyers for Taiwan’s Apple Online, latter says.

Hong Kong liquidator for owner Next Digital, founded by jailed tycoon Jimmy Lai, is negotiating with potential buyers for Taiwan’s Apple Online, latter says.

27 Dec 2021 - 8:16PM
Taiwan’s opposition KMT rushes to regain lost voice in America

High-level Kuomintang official is in Washington to speed up reopening of liaison office and counter the influence of Taiwan’s ruling DPP.

High-level Kuomintang official is in Washington to speed up reopening of liaison office and counter the influence of Taiwan’s ruling DPP.

26 Dec 2021 - 4:34PM
Taiwan’s air force gets second Brave Eagle jet trainer as cross-strait tensions rise

Beijing is ratcheting up its intimidation campaign against the island, including by sending more than 900 warplanes into its air defence zone this year.

Beijing is ratcheting up its intimidation campaign against the island, including by sending more than 900 warplanes into its air defence zone this year.

22 Dec 2021 - 9:00PM
Taiwan protests to South Korea for cancelling digital minister’s speech at the eleventh hour

Seoul said ‘various aspects of cross-strait issues were taken into consideration’ before Audrey Tang’s conference speech was cancelled, according to Taipei.

Seoul said ‘various aspects of cross-strait issues were taken into consideration’ before Audrey Tang’s conference speech was cancelled, according to Taipei.

21 Dec 2021 - 7:00PM
Can Taiwan’s opposition KMT regroup after weekend referendum losses to push for power?

The Kuomintang’s failure to push through changes has been attributed to a lack of party unity.

The Kuomintang’s failure to push through changes has been attributed to a lack of party unity.

21 Dec 2021 - 9:00AM
Taiwan referendum boost for President Tsai Ing-wen as voters reject proposals pushed by opposition

Four proposals covering energy, trade and electoral law all voted down in election that highlighted island’s political faultlines.

Four proposals covering energy, trade and electoral law all voted down in election that highlighted island’s political faultlines.

18 Dec 2021 - 9:36PM
Taiwan says it will seek closer economic ties with Lithuania as dispute with Beijing deepens

Taiwanese foreign ministry lauds Baltic nation’s ‘non-negotiable’ stand on its relationship with the island in the face of growing pressure.

Taiwanese foreign ministry lauds Baltic nation’s ‘non-negotiable’ stand on its relationship with the island in the face of growing pressure.

16 Dec 2021 - 9:01PM
Hong Kong court orders winding up of Jimmy Lai’s Next Digital media group, parent company of Apple Daily

High Court makes order after government petitioned to close the 40-year-old company on public interest grounds.

High Court makes order after government petitioned to close the 40-year-old company on public interest grounds.

15 Dec 2021 - 6:17PM
Military attack on Taiwan would be ‘suicidal’ for Beijing, former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe warns

Shinzo Abe says Beijing must be urged not to pursue territorial expansion and calls threat to Taiwan and its democracy ‘a dire challenge to all of us’.

Shinzo Abe says Beijing must be urged not to pursue territorial expansion and calls threat to Taiwan and its democracy ‘a dire challenge to all of us’.

14 Dec 2021 - 9:00PM
PLA drills near Taiwan may turn into full-scale attack, island’s defence ministry warns

Taiwan defence ministry report presents possible scenarios in all-out PLA assault, citing ‘Beijing’s goal to invade by 2025’.

Taiwan defence ministry report presents possible scenarios in all-out PLA assault, citing ‘Beijing’s goal to invade by 2025’.

13 Dec 2021 - 7:43PM
Who needs Nicaragua? Taiwan and the tug of war for diplomatic allies

Taipei is now more focused on gaining international recognition through substantive ties and taking part in global bodies than official ties with countries.

Taipei is now more focused on gaining international recognition through substantive ties and taking part in global bodies than official ties with countries.

12 Dec 2021 - 7:00PM
The pork ban, the nuclear plant and the reef that became a vote on Taiwan’s government

The island’s electorate will have their say in a referendum that is being seen as a show of confidence in Tsai Ing-wen’s administration.

The island’s electorate will have their say in a referendum that is being seen as a show of confidence in Tsai Ing-wen’s administration.

12 Dec 2021 - 2:24PM
China swipes at US, predicts more Taiwan allies to follow Nicaragua

Foreign Minister Wang Yi attacks US pressure on Central America to switch ties during meeting with Nicaraguan counterpart in Tianjin.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi attacks US pressure on Central America to switch ties during meeting with Nicaraguan counterpart in Tianjin.

10 Dec 2021 - 6:33PM
US and Taiwan aim for new trade framework to tackle supply chain and semiconductor issues

US secretary of commerce and the island’s economics minister discuss ways to make trade systems more resilient.

US secretary of commerce and the island’s economics minister discuss ways to make trade systems more resilient.

7 Dec 2021 - 3:40PM
Taiwan’s first home-made submarine may be ready a year ahead of schedule

A ‘keel-laying’ ceremony held last month marked the end of the first phase of construction of the Indigenous Defence Submarine.

A ‘keel-laying’ ceremony held last month marked the end of the first phase of construction of the Indigenous Defence Submarine.

5 Dec 2021 - 12:00PM
Shanghai mayor pledges safe investment environment for Taiwan firms amid Beijing warnings over separatists

At Taipei-Shanghai Twin-City Forum mayors look to cooperation amid mainland warnings businesses backing island separatist forces.

At Taipei-Shanghai Twin-City Forum mayors look to cooperation amid mainland warnings businesses backing island separatist forces.

1 Dec 2021 - 9:33PM
As leftist claims victory in Honduran vote, Taiwan may be about to lose another ally to Beijing

Xiomara Castro declared herself the winner as ballots continue to be tallied – if confirmed she will be the country’s first female president.

Xiomara Castro declared herself the winner as ballots continue to be tallied – if confirmed she will be the country’s first female president.

30 Nov 2021 - 10:10PM
Taiwan hopes for ‘robust and close relations’ with Baltic states, Tsai Ing-wen tells visiting lawmakers

Taiwanese president also says they ‘share similar experiences of breaking free of authoritarian rule and fighting for freedom’.

Taiwanese president also says they ‘share similar experiences of breaking free of authoritarian rule and fighting for freedom’.

29 Nov 2021 - 9:00PM