Han Kuo-yu, from the mainland-friendly KMT, is challenging President Tsai Ing-wen in January’s vote. Photo: AP

Taiwan security officials step up monitoring over fears mainland-based citizens will try to influence election

  • Security chief says there is concern that ‘certain actions’ are being taken to influence January’s vote
  • Around 400,000 Taiwanese live on the mainland, around 10 per cent of whom have permanent residency status
Topic |   Taiwan elections 2020

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Han Kuo-yu, from the mainland-friendly KMT, is challenging President Tsai Ing-wen in January’s vote. Photo: AP
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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.