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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Resignations from police watchdog’s protests review reveal system flaws but also give government an opportunity to back down on its stance, academics say

Quitting of overseas experts lays bare police watchdog’s deficiencies, but also gives the government an opportunity to back down on its stance, experts say.

11 Dec 2019 - 11:11PM

Quitting of overseas experts lays bare police watchdog’s deficiencies, but also gives the government an opportunity to back down on its stance, experts say.

Resignations from police watchdog’s protests review reveal system flaws but also give government an opportunity to back down on its stance, academics say
Hong Kong think tank proposes mega science hubs for city amid dearth of joint research projects

Massive R&D investment should start with HK$1 billion annual injection into a new biomedical site, says report.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:48PM

Massive R&D investment should start with HK$1 billion annual injection into a new biomedical site, says report.

Hong Kong think tank proposes mega science hubs for city amid dearth of joint research projects
Hong Kong: a city locked in stalemate with no end in sight

Six months after the first mass rally over the ill-fated extradition bill, Hong Kong remains in turmoil, with observers divided over the way ahead. So-called leaderless ­revolution has wreaked havoc across the city – on main roads, at the ­airport and metro stations, in malls and on campuses.

9 Dec 2019 - 11:16AM

Six months after the first mass rally over the ill-fated extradition bill, Hong Kong remains in turmoil, with observers divided over the way ahead. So-called leaderless ­revolution has wreaked havoc across the city – on main roads, at the ­airport and metro stations, in malls and on campuses.

Hong Kong: a city locked in stalemate with no end in sight
Beijing’s signal to Hong Kong: learn from Macau, and it starts with having ‘patriots’ in charge

Hong Kong must have right leaders and introduce national security law, analysts say.

4 Dec 2019 - 7:28AM

Hong Kong must have right leaders and introduce national security law, analysts say.

Beijing’s signal to Hong Kong: learn from Macau, and it starts with having ‘patriots’ in charge
Can polls’ biggest loser become a winner again? Pro-Beijing party must reinvent itself quickly, as it did before

Change will help to shake up leadership, keep government at arm’s length, get a boost from Beijing, observers say.

27 Nov 2019 - 12:18PM

Change will help to shake up leadership, keep government at arm’s length, get a boost from Beijing, observers say.

Can polls’ biggest loser become a winner again? Pro-Beijing party must reinvent itself quickly, as it did before
Pro-establishment allies of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam lament to her that voters punished them at polls for government’s handling of protests

Chief executive says she has received no ‘instruction’ from central government, and will not address protesters’ five demands.

27 Nov 2019 - 2:41AM

Chief executive says she has received no ‘instruction’ from central government, and will not address protesters’ five demands.

Pro-establishment allies of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam lament to her that voters punished them at polls for government’s handling of protests
Hong Kong elections: why victorious opposition camp has to keep wary eye on swing voters – and has no room for complacency despite massive haul of seats

Bigger vote share has helped pan-democrats bag a disproportionately high number of district council seats because of the ‘first-past-the post’ system.

26 Nov 2019 - 7:15PM

Bigger vote share has helped pan-democrats bag a disproportionately high number of district council seats because of the ‘first-past-the post’ system.

Hong Kong elections: why victorious opposition camp has to keep wary eye on swing voters – and has no room for complacency despite massive haul of seats
Beijing must reassess Hong Kong situation as pro-democracy camp wins big, analysts say

One option is to hold a commission of inquiry into fallout from protests, former minister says.

25 Nov 2019 - 4:02PM

One option is to hold a commission of inquiry into fallout from protests, former minister says.

Beijing must reassess Hong Kong situation as pro-democracy camp wins big, analysts say
Hong Kong election authorities increase the honorarium for presiding officers ahead of district council polls

The honorarium will be increased to HK$19,280 or HK$20,840, depending on the size of the polling stations.

21 Nov 2019 - 10:49PM

The honorarium will be increased to HK$19,280 or HK$20,840, depending on the size of the polling stations.

Hong Kong election authorities increase the honorarium for presiding officers ahead of district council polls
Why Beijing wants Hong Kong’s district council elections to take place despite expected drubbing for pro-establishment camp

Analyst says central government is concerned that if polls cannot proceed, this would ‘create a bigger mess in the next few years’.

21 Nov 2019 - 4:50PM

Analyst says central government is concerned that if polls cannot proceed, this would ‘create a bigger mess in the next few years’.

Why Beijing wants Hong Kong’s district council elections to take place despite expected drubbing for pro-establishment camp
Hong Kong district council elections: polling stations to be moved away from trouble-hit universities and extra security deployed

Watchdog rolls out measures to help polls run as planned but warns it has the power to postpone the exercise in the event of violence.

20 Nov 2019 - 12:35AM

Watchdog rolls out measures to help polls run as planned but warns it has the power to postpone the exercise in the event of violence.

Hong Kong district council elections: polling stations to be moved away from trouble-hit universities and extra security deployed
‘No other authority has right to make judgments’: China slams Hong Kong court’s ruling on anti-mask law as unconstitutional

China’s top legislative affairs body says only Beijing has right to decide on issues of constitutionality after High Court rules mask ban contravenes Basic Law.

20 Nov 2019 - 12:43PM

China’s top legislative affairs body says only Beijing has right to decide on issues of constitutionality after High Court rules mask ban contravenes Basic Law.

‘No other authority has right to make judgments’: China slams Hong Kong court’s ruling on anti-mask law as unconstitutional
Hong Kong protests: Police arrested nearly 4,500 people since violence erupted over extradition bill in June

Experts attribute high number of arrests to wider public participation and police strategy of detaining people even without strong evidence.

18 Nov 2019 - 8:39PM

Experts attribute high number of arrests to wider public participation and police strategy of detaining people even without strong evidence.

Hong Kong protests: Police arrested nearly 4,500 people since violence erupted over extradition bill in June
Hong Kong protests: peaceful Friday turns violent again as government issues warning to employees and university chiefs call for end to deadlock

Government warns 180,000 employees they face immediate suspension if arrested while taking part in unlawful public activities.

16 Nov 2019 - 10:16AM

Government warns 180,000 employees they face immediate suspension if arrested while taking part in unlawful public activities.

Hong Kong protests: peaceful Friday turns violent again as government issues warning to employees and university chiefs call for end to deadlock
Hong Kong protests: civil servants told they will be suspended immediately if they are arrested while taking part in unlawful public activities

Secretary for the Civil Service Joshua Law says the government will not tolerate government employees breaching the law

15 Nov 2019 - 7:49PM

Secretary for the Civil Service Joshua Law says the government will not tolerate government employees breaching the law

Hong Kong protests: civil servants told they will be suspended immediately if they are arrested while taking part in unlawful public activities
Chief Executive Carrie Lam vows Hong Kong’s district council elections will be held on time – despite mainland media calling citywide peace a prerequisite

Chief executive pledges to make sure district council polls are held November 24 – but mainland mouthpiece media says citywide peace is a prerequisite.

13 Nov 2019 - 12:05AM

Chief executive pledges to make sure district council polls are held November 24 – but mainland mouthpiece media says citywide peace is a prerequisite.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam vows Hong Kong’s district council elections will be held on time – despite mainland media calling citywide peace a prerequisite
Hong Kong’s next chief justice: call to cast the net wider, consider top legal brains who are not sitting judges

Search panel urged to keep an open mind, look at non-judges who can initiate change, although judge Andrew Cheung is considered front-runner.

10 Nov 2019 - 11:33AM

Search panel urged to keep an open mind, look at non-judges who can initiate change, although judge Andrew Cheung is considered front-runner.

Hong Kong’s next chief justice: call to cast the net wider, consider top legal brains who are not sitting judges
Will Hong Kong’s district council elections be postponed? Officials watching if protest violence persists, but decision might be pushed to polling day on November 24

Source says government may invite accusations it is suppressing voting rights if it cancels elections too early.

5 Nov 2019 - 7:27AM

Source says government may invite accusations it is suppressing voting rights if it cancels elections too early.

Will Hong Kong’s district council elections be postponed? Officials watching if protest violence persists, but decision might be pushed to polling day on November 24
Book on Hong Kong judiciary stalled ‘because chief justice is worried about past scandals involving judges’

Courts say project is ‘ongoing and under consideration’, and book will appear ‘in due course’.

3 Nov 2019 - 11:23PM

Courts say project is ‘ongoing and under consideration’, and book will appear ‘in due course’.

Book on Hong Kong judiciary stalled ‘because chief justice is worried about past scandals involving judges’
University of Hong Kong law faculty marks 50 years with book recalling its humble beginnings, when few students dared to enrol

Proving early doubters wrong, faculty is now among the world’s top 20 law schools.

2 Nov 2019 - 11:26AM

Proving early doubters wrong, faculty is now among the world’s top 20 law schools.

University of Hong Kong law faculty marks 50 years with book recalling its humble beginnings, when few students dared to enrol
How Beijing plans to use powers contained in Basic Law to tighten control over Hong Kong

Statements issued after Communist Party gathering stress importance of ‘one country, two systems’ but suggest closer focus on security and national sovereignty.

2 Nov 2019 - 3:44AM

Statements issued after Communist Party gathering stress importance of ‘one country, two systems’ but suggest closer focus on security and national sovereignty.

How Beijing plans to use powers contained in Basic Law to tighten control over Hong Kong
Hong Kong judiciary confirms retirement of Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma in January 2021

Top judge says he will be 65 by then, his intended age to step down and spend more time with family.

31 Oct 2019 - 7:07PM

Top judge says he will be 65 by then, his intended age to step down and spend more time with family.

Hong Kong judiciary confirms retirement of Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma in January 2021
Hong Kong’s Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma set to announce retirement, Andrew Cheung named front runner to succeed him

Statement on future of Hong Kong’s most senior judge expected within days, with judiciary under pressure amid protests.

31 Oct 2019 - 9:30AM

Statement on future of Hong Kong’s most senior judge expected within days, with judiciary under pressure amid protests.

Hong Kong’s Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma set to announce retirement, Andrew Cheung named front runner to succeed him
Hong Kong government ‘will consider’ commission of inquiry into police handling of protests if public is dissatisfied with watchdog’s report

Revelation from source is a step beyond city leader’s promise to explore alternatives.

26 Oct 2019 - 7:20PM

Revelation from source is a step beyond city leader’s promise to explore alternatives.

Hong Kong government ‘will consider’ commission of inquiry into police handling of protests if public is dissatisfied with watchdog’s report
‘He was saddened in his last days by what was happening to Hong Kong’: Carrie Lam gives emotional eulogy at funeral of David Akers-Jones, former No 2 colonial official

Chief executive reveals last wishes of former chief secretary, who died of colon cancer at the age of 92 in September.

25 Oct 2019 - 11:28PM

Chief executive reveals last wishes of former chief secretary, who died of colon cancer at the age of 92 in September.

‘He was saddened in his last days by what was happening to Hong Kong’: Carrie Lam gives emotional eulogy at funeral of David Akers-Jones, former No 2 colonial official
Hong Kong protests: organisers postpone event for top judges in Asia-Pacific region fearing ongoing unrest will affect attendance numbers

Postponement of the 18th Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific adds to the growing list of international events affected by the city’s ongoing political turmoil.

22 Oct 2019 - 10:17AM

Postponement of the 18th Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific adds to the growing list of international events affected by the city’s ongoing political turmoil.

Hong Kong protests: organisers postpone event for top judges in Asia-Pacific region fearing ongoing unrest will affect attendance numbers
Hong Kong and Taiwan clash over surrender of murder suspect whose case sparked extradition bill crisis and mass protests

Taiwan says suspect should not be allowed to walk free, but Hong Kong government feels Taipei has absolute jurisdiction over the case.

23 Oct 2019 - 5:11PM

Taiwan says suspect should not be allowed to walk free, but Hong Kong government feels Taipei has absolute jurisdiction over the case.

Hong Kong and Taiwan clash over surrender of murder suspect whose case sparked extradition bill crisis and mass protests
Son of late tycoon Henry Fok believes a colour revolution will not succeed in Hong Kong

Ian Fok notes that many Hongkongers have not given much thought on the city’s role under ‘one country’.

18 Oct 2019 - 11:24PM

Ian Fok notes that many Hongkongers have not given much thought on the city’s role under ‘one country’.

Son of late tycoon Henry Fok believes a colour revolution will not succeed in Hong Kong
Carrie Lam’s policy address was a missed opportunity to offer an olive branch to break Hong Kong’s political impasse, analysts and allies lament

Chief executive set out measures from housing and land to environmental protection but conspicuously omitted any reference to protesters’ demands.

17 Oct 2019 - 8:52AM

Chief executive set out measures from housing and land to environmental protection but conspicuously omitted any reference to protesters’ demands.

Carrie Lam’s policy address was a missed opportunity to offer an olive branch to break Hong Kong’s political impasse, analysts and allies lament
Beleaguered Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam puts focus firmly on housing as cause of public grievances as she unveils her third policy blueprint

Chief executive proposes to boost affordable housing, find more land and improve livelihoods amid a worsening economy, but offers no political solutions for continuing unrest.

17 Oct 2019 - 12:35AM

Chief executive proposes to boost affordable housing, find more land and improve livelihoods amid a worsening economy, but offers no political solutions for continuing unrest.

Beleaguered Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam puts focus firmly on housing as cause of public grievances as she unveils her third policy blueprint