When Taiwan complained to Beijing last week about the deportation of 25 of its nationals from Cambodia to the mainland to face telecom fraud charges, China informed the new Tsai administration that the formal cross-straits communication channel had been block since May 20, the day President Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in. Photo: Reuters

Beijing cuts Ma-era cross-strait communication channel with Taiwan

Move seen as mainland ratcheting up pressure on government of Tsai Ing-wen to recognise 1992 consensus one-China principle

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When Taiwan complained to Beijing last week about the deportation of 25 of its nationals from Cambodia to the mainland to face telecom fraud charges, China informed the new Tsai administration that the formal cross-straits communication channel had been block since May 20, the day President Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in. Photo: Reuters
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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.