Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on the phone with US president-elect Donald Trump at her office in Taipei. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-Wen initiated phone call with Donald Trump, says island’s presidential spokesman

Call marks first such conversation between a Taiwanese leader and any US president or president-elect since 1979

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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on the phone with US president-elect Donald Trump at her office in Taipei. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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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.