Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (right) tours the Johnson Space Centre in Houston accompanied by US astronaut Edward Michael Fincke on Sunday. Photo: EPA-EFE

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (right) tours the Johnson Space Centre in Houston accompanied by US astronaut Edward Michael Fincke on Sunday. Photo: EPA-EFE
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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.