Gary Cheung

Hong Kong

Gary Cheung

Senior Writer, Hong Kong

Gary Cheung joined the Post in 2000, covering fields ranging from politics and the integration between Hong Kong and China. He became assistant editor-in-chief of Ming Pao in 2017 and returned to the Post the following year. He is author of Hong Kong’s Watershed: The 1967 riots (Hong Kong University Press, 2009).

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Why did Beijing appoint trusted Xi Jinping ally to office overseeing Hong Kong affairs? Insiders put positive spin but admit it’s for tighter oversight after protests

Some Beijing loyalists see it as a chance to reset relations between the local and central governments, after the discombobulation caused by the months-long social unrest.

14 Feb 2020 - 1:10AM

Some Beijing loyalists see it as a chance to reset relations between the local and central governments, after the discombobulation caused by the months-long social unrest.

Why did Beijing appoint trusted Xi Jinping ally to office overseeing Hong Kong affairs? Insiders put positive spin but admit it’s for tighter oversight after protests
Coronavirus: Hong Kong government to extend school closures until March 16, and keep civil servants at home for another week

Classes suspended beyond original return date of March 2, major Primary Six exam cancelled, and civil servants told to work from home for another week.

14 Feb 2020 - 12:13AM

Classes suspended beyond original return date of March 2, major Primary Six exam cancelled, and civil servants told to work from home for another week.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong government to extend school closures until March 16, and keep civil servants at home for another week
Coronavirus: US cites Sars and ‘ongoing uncertainty’ as reasons for letting consulate staff leave Hong Kong, but business leaders say they are staying put

State Department official says the consulate also gave employees option to return home during the 2003 epidemic, while continued closure of schools and public spaces also came into equation.

13 Feb 2020 - 8:58AM

State Department official says the consulate also gave employees option to return home during the 2003 epidemic, while continued closure of schools and public spaces also came into equation.

Coronavirus: US cites Sars and ‘ongoing uncertainty’ as reasons for letting consulate staff leave Hong Kong, but business leaders say they are staying put
Coronavirus: United States allows non-essential consulate staff to leave Hong Kong as city grapples with outbreak

State Department spokesman says staff are free to do so ‘out of an abundance of caution’.

12 Feb 2020 - 3:24PM

State Department spokesman says staff are free to do so ‘out of an abundance of caution’.

Coronavirus: United States allows non-essential consulate staff to leave Hong Kong as city grapples with outbreak
Coronavirus: no emergency measures to crack down on price-gouging mask retailers, Hong Kong government says

Executive councillor Regina Ip reveals government’s legal team has been working on new act, as three more cases of infection bring city’s total to 39.

11 Feb 2020 - 11:52AM

Executive councillor Regina Ip reveals government’s legal team has been working on new act, as three more cases of infection bring city’s total to 39.

Coronavirus: no emergency measures to crack down on price-gouging mask retailers, Hong Kong government says
Coronavirus: calls mount for Hong Kong government to make surgical masks a reserved commodity like rice

Panic buying and citywide shortfall raises question as camps from across political divide pile pressure on authorities.

9 Feb 2020 - 11:42PM

Panic buying and citywide shortfall raises question as camps from across political divide pile pressure on authorities.

Coronavirus: calls mount for Hong Kong government to make surgical masks a reserved commodity like rice
Beijing’s top diplomat in Hong Kong warns others against ‘taking advantage of’ coronavirus-stricken China

Xie Feng criticises the ‘overreaction and fearmongering’ of foreign governments.

7 Feb 2020 - 11:42PM

Xie Feng criticises the ‘overreaction and fearmongering’ of foreign governments.

Beijing’s top diplomat in Hong Kong warns others against ‘taking advantage of’ coronavirus-stricken China
Hong Kong protests spur increase in YouTube political commentary channels

Politicians, media personalities tap Hongkongers’ hunger for views on social unrest.

7 Feb 2020 - 10:00AM

Politicians, media personalities tap Hongkongers’ hunger for views on social unrest.

Hong Kong protests spur increase in YouTube political commentary channels
Coronavirus: Hongkongers in panic buying of rice, toilet paper and essentials as government stays mum on impending quarantine measures

Scholar says frenzy sparked by authorities’ failure to show they are in command of the situation. Expert warns of wider local transmission and urges action to control spread.

7 Feb 2020 - 9:33AM

Scholar says frenzy sparked by authorities’ failure to show they are in command of the situation. Expert warns of wider local transmission and urges action to control spread.

Coronavirus: Hongkongers in panic buying of rice, toilet paper and essentials as government stays mum on impending quarantine measures
Coronavirus: ‘huge headache’ trying to get more than 2,000 stranded Hongkongers home, Wuhan trade office admits

Vincent Fung, director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Wuhan, posts candid statements on Facebook, revealing situation at epicentre of coronavirus outbreak.

7 Feb 2020 - 10:26AM

Vincent Fung, director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Wuhan, posts candid statements on Facebook, revealing situation at epicentre of coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: ‘huge headache’ trying to get more than 2,000 stranded Hongkongers home, Wuhan trade office admits
Coronavirus: top Hong Kong scientist claims community outbreak has already occurred as government prepares to quarantine mainland Chinese

Expert believes coronavirus spread has taken hold locally, with government set to quarantine incoming mainland Chinese in hotels and government centres from Saturday.

7 Feb 2020 - 1:37PM

Expert believes coronavirus spread has taken hold locally, with government set to quarantine incoming mainland Chinese in hotels and government centres from Saturday.

Coronavirus: top Hong Kong scientist claims community outbreak has already occurred as government prepares to quarantine mainland Chinese
Coronavirus: mandatory quarantine for all arriving in Hong Kong from mainland China as city leader rebuts claims of slow response

Isolation measures which will kick in on Saturday brought in by special powers invoked under Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance.

6 Feb 2020 - 5:36AM

Isolation measures which will kick in on Saturday brought in by special powers invoked under Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance.

Coronavirus: mandatory quarantine for all arriving in Hong Kong from mainland China as city leader rebuts claims of slow response
Coronavirus: Hong Kong to quarantine all travellers entering from mainland China for 14 days as city’s leader invokes special powers

Residents included in new restriction as civil servants set to be told to stay at home until February 16 at earliest.

6 Feb 2020 - 8:12AM

Residents included in new restriction as civil servants set to be told to stay at home until February 16 at earliest.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong to quarantine all travellers entering from mainland China for 14 days as city’s leader invokes special powers
Coronavirus: Hong Kong scrambles to find sites for quarantine centres as residents cry ‘not in my backyard’

The move is part of government’s efforts to search for new spots or extend existing facilities for potential quarantine centres.

5 Feb 2020 - 10:39AM

The move is part of government’s efforts to search for new spots or extend existing facilities for potential quarantine centres.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong scrambles to find sites for quarantine centres as residents cry ‘not in my backyard’
Coronavirus: Hongkonger in Hubei feeling ‘helpless’ after told family must ‘stay put’ during lockdown of province

Danny Leung, trapped with his wife and daughters in Hubei, says city officials contacted him five days after his mother passed them his request for help.

4 Feb 2020 - 11:20AM

Danny Leung, trapped with his wife and daughters in Hubei, says city officials contacted him five days after his mother passed them his request for help.

Coronavirus: Hongkonger in Hubei feeling ‘helpless’ after told family must ‘stay put’ during lockdown of province
Hong Kong government ‘considering’ new measures to further cut cross-border travel, source says, as lawmakers call for quarantine of all locals returning from mainland China

The number of mainlanders coming to the city has already dropped far behind that of Hongkongers, making the latter group a larger cause for concern.

3 Feb 2020 - 6:40PM

The number of mainlanders coming to the city has already dropped far behind that of Hongkongers, making the latter group a larger cause for concern.

Hong Kong government ‘considering’ new measures to further cut cross-border travel, source says, as lawmakers call for quarantine of all locals returning from mainland China
Coronavirus: Hong Kong law student living in Wuhan rarely ventures out these days, but sees no need to panic – or leave

Chen Yijing and her husband seldom leave the house these days, mostly sticking to supermarket runs.

1 Feb 2020 - 11:24PM

Chen Yijing and her husband seldom leave the house these days, mostly sticking to supermarket runs.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong law student living in Wuhan rarely ventures out these days, but sees no need to panic – or leave
Coronavirus: the Hongkongers whose livelihoods depend on being able to cross the border

Chauffeur Peter Choi had been asked to drive his boss to a factory in Taishan, but he did not want to go, while factory boss Jack Chan is stuck after authorities in mainland China stopped production.

31 Jan 2020 - 10:58AM

Chauffeur Peter Choi had been asked to drive his boss to a factory in Taishan, but he did not want to go, while factory boss Jack Chan is stuck after authorities in mainland China stopped production.

Coronavirus: the Hongkongers whose livelihoods depend on being able to cross the border
Hong Kong schools, kindergartens closed until at least March 2 as coronavirus fears grow, three universities take similar action

Education chiefs suspend lessons for all of next month amid contagion fears, source says. Baptist, Hong Kong and Polytechnic universities adopt similar measures.

31 Jan 2020 - 7:12PM

Education chiefs suspend lessons for all of next month amid contagion fears, source says. Baptist, Hong Kong and Polytechnic universities adopt similar measures.

Hong Kong schools, kindergartens closed until at least March 2 as coronavirus fears grow, three universities take similar action
Demosisto drops call for Hong Kong self-determination: survival tactic, or real change of heart?

Party hopes to stop officials banning its leaders from contesting polls, analysts say.

19 Jan 2020 - 10:54PM

Party hopes to stop officials banning its leaders from contesting polls, analysts say.

Demosisto drops call for Hong Kong self-determination: survival tactic, or real change of heart?
Former members of Hong Kong police watchdog say court case no excuse for holding up interim report on handling of protests

Timing, motivation of watchdog body’s unexpected delay questioned by former members.

17 Jan 2020 - 6:56PM

Timing, motivation of watchdog body’s unexpected delay questioned by former members.

Former members of Hong Kong police watchdog say court case no excuse for holding up interim report on handling of protests
China’s top man in Hong Kong talks stability and prosperity with former city leaders Tung Chee-hwa and Leung Chun-ying

New director of central government’s liaison office Luo Huining pays courtesy visit to city grandees.

10 Jan 2020 - 11:23PM

New director of central government’s liaison office Luo Huining pays courtesy visit to city grandees.

China’s top man in Hong Kong talks stability and prosperity with former city leaders Tung Chee-hwa and Leung Chun-ying
Hong Kong protests: 31 arrested civil servants suspended from posts

Three-quarters of the 41 public sector workers accused of joining unlawful assemblies taken off duties. Civil service chief warns those convicted face the sack.

10 Jan 2020 - 11:24PM

Three-quarters of the 41 public sector workers accused of joining unlawful assemblies taken off duties. Civil service chief warns those convicted face the sack.

Hong Kong protests: 31 arrested civil servants suspended from posts
US Congress should stop interfering in Hong Kong says government, as it hits back at lawmakers’ claims of ‘accelerated trend of decreased autonomy’

Congressional-Executive Commission on China publishes annual report that says it has seen further erosion in fundamental freedoms in city, prompting stern response from government.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:14PM

Congressional-Executive Commission on China publishes annual report that says it has seen further erosion in fundamental freedoms in city, prompting stern response from government.

US Congress should stop interfering in Hong Kong says government, as it hits back at lawmakers’ claims of ‘accelerated trend of decreased autonomy’
Beijing’s new top envoy to Hong Kong meets top leaders in Shenzhen ahead of visit to Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s residence

Luo kicked off his first day on the job this week by expressing hope for the city to get back on track under ‘one country, two systems’.

9 Jan 2020 - 3:07PM

Luo kicked off his first day on the job this week by expressing hope for the city to get back on track under ‘one country, two systems’.

Beijing’s new top envoy to Hong Kong meets top leaders in Shenzhen ahead of visit to Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s residence
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam insists she will remain in office to tackle challenges including protests and economy as Beijing replaces its top envoy in city

Carrie Lam also believes she can work well with Luo Huining, the new man in the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong.

8 Jan 2020 - 6:25AM

Carrie Lam also believes she can work well with Luo Huining, the new man in the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam insists she will remain in office to tackle challenges including protests and economy as Beijing replaces its top envoy in city
Unpacking the Hong Kong protests factor in Taiwan’s election and the fate of ‘one country, two systems’

Stories from protesters on the ground have only hardened Taiwan’s determination to distance itself from China, and in the fourth of a five-part series we look at the impact the civil unrest in Hong Kong has had on the presidential race on the self-ruled island.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:35PM

Stories from protesters on the ground have only hardened Taiwan’s determination to distance itself from China, and in the fourth of a five-part series we look at the impact the civil unrest in Hong Kong has had on the presidential race on the self-ruled island.

Unpacking the Hong Kong protests factor in Taiwan’s election and the fate of ‘one country, two systems’
Britain proposed to boost Hong Kong’s autonomy after return to Chinese rule in 1997 through de facto constitutional court, files show

London urged Beijing in 1989 to turn the Basic Law Committee into a de facto constitutional court, newly declassified British government files show.

6 Jan 2020 - 8:30AM

London urged Beijing in 1989 to turn the Basic Law Committee into a de facto constitutional court, newly declassified British government files show.

Britain proposed to boost Hong Kong’s autonomy after return to Chinese rule in 1997 through de facto constitutional court, files show
PLA forces should be sent to Hong Kong only in war or if Legco approves role in maintaining public order or disaster relief, according to declassified files in London

Hong Kong government in 1989 suggested revising Article 14 of Basic Law so that “military forces may be sent by the Central People’s Government to [city] only in time of war”.

2 Jan 2020 - 3:35PM

Hong Kong government in 1989 suggested revising Article 14 of Basic Law so that “military forces may be sent by the Central People’s Government to [city] only in time of war”.

PLA forces should be sent to Hong Kong only in war or if Legco approves role in maintaining public order or disaster relief, according to declassified files in London
Fear of retaliation from Beijing spurred Britain to give Hongkongers visa-free access, newly declassified documents show

Newly declassified documents show that British government weighed up possible impact on Brits travelling to Hong Kong after handover had taken place in 1997.

31 Dec 2019 - 9:36AM

Newly declassified documents show that British government weighed up possible impact on Brits travelling to Hong Kong after handover had taken place in 1997.

Fear of retaliation from Beijing spurred Britain to give Hongkongers visa-free access, newly declassified documents show