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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Hong Kong chief executive election 2022: are also-rans spoilers or supporting cast to serious contenders in race for top job?

Observers say coming election on March 27 may be about ‘competition without division’, and if so, pro-establishment novices, outliers may be granted entry.

Observers say coming election on March 27 may be about ‘competition without division’, and if so, pro-establishment novices, outliers may be granted entry.

20 Jan 2022 - 10:06AM
Hong Kong film producer, kung fu master Checkley Sin throws hat in the ring for chief executive race

Sin is the force behind the Ip Man film series, and a former managing director of Wing Hang Credit.

Sin is the force behind the Ip Man film series, and a former managing director of Wing Hang Credit.

19 Jan 2022 - 8:16PM
Hong Kong guessing game: why is Beijing still silent on the chief executive race? And does Carrie Lam have its backing?

Insider says electoral office had been preparing to announce nomination period early this month when ‘Beijing abruptly asked us to hold everything’.

Insider says electoral office had been preparing to announce nomination period early this month when ‘Beijing abruptly asked us to hold everything’.

18 Jan 2022 - 11:07AM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong extends stricter social-distancing measures, flight ban on 8 countries through Lunar New Year, will provide HK$3.57 billion in subsidies to hard-hit businesses

Measures announced by Chief Executive Carrie Lam will last through the Lunar New Year holiday season and put a damper on festivities.

Measures announced by Chief Executive Carrie Lam will last through the Lunar New Year holiday season and put a damper on festivities.

15 Jan 2022 - 1:10AM
Does Carrie Lam’s ambitious plan to overhaul the Hong Kong government go far enough?

Some critics ask whether combining housing and development, for example, would better position government to tackle housing shortage.

Some critics ask whether combining housing and development, for example, would better position government to tackle housing shortage.

13 Jan 2022 - 6:11PM
Hong Kong leader expected to brief first Legco session on massive bureau restructure plan, Northern Metropolis

Shake-up will include establishing new housing body, creation of cultural bureau to develop city into arts hub.

Shake-up will include establishing new housing body, creation of cultural bureau to develop city into arts hub.

12 Jan 2022 - 9:00AM
Omicron: Hong Kong leader vows legal action if Cathay Pacific exploited coronavirus quarantine rules for its pilots

Carrie Lam says investigation looking into whether crew members serving on passenger flights had returned on cargo ones.

Carrie Lam says investigation looking into whether crew members serving on passenger flights had returned on cargo ones.

12 Jan 2022 - 8:36AM
Hong Kong officials, lawmakers or Cathay Pacific – who’s to blame for birthday party Covid-19 health scare?

Some pro-establishment figures point finger at rule-breaking Cathay crew for latest crisis, others focus their ire at top officials, lawmakers.

Some pro-establishment figures point finger at rule-breaking Cathay crew for latest crisis, others focus their ire at top officials, lawmakers.

11 Jan 2022 - 8:11AM
Omicron: pro-Beijing camp closes ranks over birthday party scandal, shifts blame to Cathay Pacific, as questions emerge over Carrie Lam’s political future

They say no need for home affairs minister Caspar Tsui to resign for attending event, where social-distancing rules might have been broken.

They say no need for home affairs minister Caspar Tsui to resign for attending event, where social-distancing rules might have been broken.

8 Jan 2022 - 12:07PM
Hilton Cheong-Leen, political stalwart known as the ‘mayor of Hong Kong’, dies aged 99

Cheong-Leen had been involved in the city’s civic affairs for decades, starting in 1957.

Cheong-Leen had been involved in the city’s civic affairs for decades, starting in 1957.

4 Jan 2022 - 10:39PM
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam oversees swearing in of 90 new lawmakers, launching first Legislative Council of ‘patriots-only’ era

Proceedings pass without any of the improper oath-taking antics of the 2016 ceremony, though two lawmakers-elect ordered to repeat their vows over missing words.

Proceedings pass without any of the improper oath-taking antics of the 2016 ceremony, though two lawmakers-elect ordered to repeat their vows over missing words.

3 Jan 2022 - 11:21PM
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to ring bell next to Big Buddha in low-key New Year’s Eve ceremony on Lantau Island

Chief executive and Abbot Sik Jin-yin of Po Lin Monastery will ring the bell next to the Big Buddha on New Year’s Eve, with top officials of Beijing’s liaison office in the city in attendance.

Chief executive and Abbot Sik Jin-yin of Po Lin Monastery will ring the bell next to the Big Buddha on New Year’s Eve, with top officials of Beijing’s liaison office in the city in attendance.

30 Dec 2021 - 7:06PM
Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing novice lawmakers plan new alliances, as big parties face reduced influence in fragmented Legislative Council

Legco power balance in flux as half of all lawmakers are independents or from small parties.

Legco power balance in flux as half of all lawmakers are independents or from small parties.

30 Dec 2021 - 10:00AM
Unpacking the white paper on ‘Hong Kong democracy’: why now and what does Beijing hope to achieve setting out the rules the city will play by? Hint: geopolitical rivalry

Analysts say official document and campaign marks part of a strategy to capture what Beijing sees as moral high ground on Hong Kong’s democracy.

Analysts say official document and campaign marks part of a strategy to capture what Beijing sees as moral high ground on Hong Kong’s democracy.

28 Dec 2021 - 10:44PM
Hong Kong back on track after ‘wasted’ years, China’s Communist Party owns ‘intellectual property’ of city’s democracy as its drafter and defender: think tank leader

Recent Beijing white paper on the subject ‘full of emotions and selfless love’, director of Tsinghua’s Centre for Hong Kong and Macau Studies says on Monday.

Recent Beijing white paper on the subject ‘full of emotions and selfless love’, director of Tsinghua’s Centre for Hong Kong and Macau Studies says on Monday.

27 Dec 2021 - 11:01PM
Hong Kong has ‘golden window of development’, finance chief says, as he calls for input on coming budget

Paul Chan says the coronavirus pandemic is being effectively contained and the city’s economy is gradually recovering.

Paul Chan says the coronavirus pandemic is being effectively contained and the city’s economy is gradually recovering.

26 Dec 2021 - 8:17PM
‘Angry and heartbroken’: Hong Kong welfare chief orders investigation as 2 formally charged in child abuse chase

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong says Social Welfare Department will look into whether staff is inadequately monitored.

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong says Social Welfare Department will look into whether staff is inadequately monitored.

26 Dec 2021 - 8:32PM
Hong Kong must wake up from ‘myth of American-style democracy’, says top Beijing diplomat

Liu Guangyuan makes remarks during briefing session for consul generals, foreign business chambers and selected media. But one diplomat calls event ‘very awkward’ and says China and West are ‘just talking past each other’.

Liu Guangyuan makes remarks during briefing session for consul generals, foreign business chambers and selected media. But one diplomat calls event ‘very awkward’ and says China and West are ‘just talking past each other’.

22 Dec 2021 - 10:57PM
Token gesture or genuine resolve? Beijing’s fresh vow to pursue universal suffrage in Hong Kong sparks debate

Only non-establishment candidate to win Legco seat in Sunday’s poll among those saying Beijing white paper is positive step towards full democracy.

Only non-establishment candidate to win Legco seat in Sunday’s poll among those saying Beijing white paper is positive step towards full democracy.

22 Dec 2021 - 8:48AM
Beijing defends ‘democracy with Hong Kong characteristics’ model as white paper released a day after Legco election cites end goal of universal suffrage

Within hours of Legco polls closing, central government publishes strategy on developing Hong Kong-style democracy.

Within hours of Legco polls closing, central government publishes strategy on developing Hong Kong-style democracy.

20 Dec 2021 - 9:56PM
Hong Kong elections: Beijing might have liked a higher turnout in Legislative Council poll, but overhaul ‘not about getting people out to vote’

Beijing will brush aside low turnout, focus on new lawmakers’ diversity and ability to get Legco to work, analysts say.

Beijing will brush aside low turnout, focus on new lawmakers’ diversity and ability to get Legco to work, analysts say.

20 Dec 2021 - 9:20AM
Hong Kong Legislative Council election: jackets to be given as cover for ‘sensitive’ slogans worn by voters, police to step in if requests to leave ignored

Poll authority says dissemination of a word or symbol with political or protest meaning would amount to election advertisement.

Poll authority says dissemination of a word or symbol with political or protest meaning would amount to election advertisement.

18 Dec 2021 - 12:09AM
Chinese University academics mark end of studying Hong Kong elections with publication of new book

Chinese University political scientists Ivan Choy and Ma Ngok to call it a day after Sunday’s Legislative Council poll, cite lack of incentive to soldier on after Beijing’s revamp of city’s electoral system.

Chinese University political scientists Ivan Choy and Ma Ngok to call it a day after Sunday’s Legislative Council poll, cite lack of incentive to soldier on after Beijing’s revamp of city’s electoral system.

16 Dec 2021 - 7:51PM
Hong Kong elections: mainland Chinese ‘drifters’, Westerners and Kowloon bus driver among mixed bag of candidates for Legco race

Main opposition shun polls, but pro-Beijing veterans will be tested by diverse group of new faces.

Main opposition shun polls, but pro-Beijing veterans will be tested by diverse group of new faces.

12 Dec 2021 - 12:21PM
Hong Kong elections: state leader Xia Baolong urges public to vote in Legislative Council poll, insists Beijing embraces diversity

Xia Baolong, from Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, says limiting power only to ‘patriots’ does not stop people from diverse backgrounds taking office.

Xia Baolong, from Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, says limiting power only to ‘patriots’ does not stop people from diverse backgrounds taking office.

6 Dec 2021 - 8:41PM
What’s a manifesto? Hong Kong Legco candidates’ simple slogans, brief statements show ‘lack of effort’

Lack of interest in penning substantial manifestos that explain what they stand for a sign that some candidates are not really keen to contest city’s first ‘patriots’-only election, observers say.

Lack of interest in penning substantial manifestos that explain what they stand for a sign that some candidates are not really keen to contest city’s first ‘patriots’-only election, observers say.

5 Dec 2021 - 2:45PM
Macau ‘junket king’ Alvin Chau’s life in the limelight goes bust after illegal gambling arrest

Suncity Group’s high-flying owner had an appealing rags-to-riches tale, but reportedly built his empire with the help of convicted gangsters.

Suncity Group’s high-flying owner had an appealing rags-to-riches tale, but reportedly built his empire with the help of convicted gangsters.

5 Dec 2021 - 10:32AM
Junket king Alvin Chau’s arrest signals end of winning streak for Macau casinos as Beijing cracks down on gambling

Observers say Chau’s arrest has sent shock waves through the gaming industry as the junket business has been vital to the sector and long tolerated by China.

Observers say Chau’s arrest has sent shock waves through the gaming industry as the junket business has been vital to the sector and long tolerated by China.

4 Dec 2021 - 8:00AM
Functional constituencies in Hong Kong’s Legco will all be contested for first time, but is the competition just for show?

Analyst says some ‘taking the plunge simply to heed Beijing’s call for competition in the Legco election’.

Analyst says some ‘taking the plunge simply to heed Beijing’s call for competition in the Legco election’.

29 Nov 2021 - 9:44PM
Number of Hongkongers applying for BN(O) scheme falls more than 20 per cent, trend attributed to ‘lifeboat’ options offered by other Western countries

Some 24,000 Hongkongers applied for the new pathway to British citizenship from July to September, down from 30,600 between April and June.

Some 24,000 Hongkongers applied for the new pathway to British citizenship from July to September, down from 30,600 between April and June.

26 Nov 2021 - 3:50AM