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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After picking beauty queens, joining protests for democracy, Hong Kong university student unions now face impact of national security law

Beijing once treasured the support of Hong Kong students, but Chinese University’s stern action against union leaders is a sign of changing times on campuses.

27 Feb 2021 - 9:00PM

Beijing once treasured the support of Hong Kong students, but Chinese University’s stern action against union leaders is a sign of changing times on campuses.

After picking beauty queens, joining protests for democracy, Hong Kong university student unions now face impact of national security law
Hong Kong opposition parties warn they could end up not running in elections if races ‘manipulated’ by Beijing under impending electoral reforms

They also express worry about precedent being set with Beijing emphasising it will take the leadership role in reforms to the electoral system.

23 Feb 2021 - 9:48AM

They also express worry about precedent being set with Beijing emphasising it will take the leadership role in reforms to the electoral system.

Hong Kong opposition parties warn they could end up not running in elections if races ‘manipulated’ by Beijing under impending electoral reforms
Hong Kong’s new ‘patriot’ litmus test raises questions over role of foreigners, opposition in city’s leadership

While the Basic Law specifically allows for jurists with foreign nationalities to work in the city, concerns over ‘dual allegiances’ have previously been raised. 

23 Feb 2021 - 1:44AM

While the Basic Law specifically allows for jurists with foreign nationalities to work in the city, concerns over ‘dual allegiances’ have previously been raised. 

Hong Kong’s new ‘patriot’ litmus test raises questions over role of foreigners, opposition in city’s leadership
Top Beijing official overseeing Hong Kong declares ‘patriots’ must hold key roles in city’s executive, judiciary, legislature and statutory bodies

Key posts must never be occupied by anyone who is anti-China and disrupts the city, says Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office chief as he sets out fundamental administrative, electoral reforms.

23 Feb 2021 - 12:10AM

Key posts must never be occupied by anyone who is anti-China and disrupts the city, says Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office chief as he sets out fundamental administrative, electoral reforms.

Top Beijing official overseeing Hong Kong declares ‘patriots’ must hold key roles in city’s executive, judiciary, legislature and statutory bodies
Cold feet: eight from Hong Kong dance company quit performance over concerns about national security law

Some grew jittery when protest song was added to show already featuring national anthem, and those who quit feared backlash, impact on families’ emigration plans, artistic director says.

22 Feb 2021 - 10:55AM

Some grew jittery when protest song was added to show already featuring national anthem, and those who quit feared backlash, impact on families’ emigration plans, artistic director says.

Cold feet: eight from Hong Kong dance company quit performance over concerns about national security law
How ‘bad feng shui’ at Government House prompted Hong Kong’s first chief executive Tung Chee-hwa to abandon official residence

Decision prompted government to lease property next to Tung’s own second-floor flat in Grenville House for HK$120,000 a month to expand floor area, archives reveal.

30 Dec 2020 - 9:17AM

Decision prompted government to lease property next to Tung’s own second-floor flat in Grenville House for HK$120,000 a month to expand floor area, archives reveal.

How ‘bad feng shui’ at Government House prompted Hong Kong’s first chief executive Tung Chee-hwa to abandon official residence
Hong Kong’s last governor Chris Patten advised then British leader against attending 1997 handover to avoid ‘embarrassment’, archives show

Tensions over Tiananmen Square crackdown and Jiang Zemin’s rise in wake of incident spark last governor’s unwillingness for prime minister to shake hands with Chinese leader.

30 Dec 2020 - 11:43AM

Tensions over Tiananmen Square crackdown and Jiang Zemin’s rise in wake of incident spark last governor’s unwillingness for prime minister to shake hands with Chinese leader.

Hong Kong’s last governor Chris Patten advised then British leader against attending 1997 handover to avoid ‘embarrassment’, archives show
Big bang or damp squib? Why Hong Kong leader’s 2020 policy address may not really be the confidence booster a weary city needs

Analysts say unlike her previous announcements, this year’s speech by Carrie Lam left many questions unanswered and lacked eye-catching initiatives.

26 Nov 2020 - 8:16AM

Analysts say unlike her previous announcements, this year’s speech by Carrie Lam left many questions unanswered and lacked eye-catching initiatives.

Big bang or damp squib? Why Hong Kong leader’s 2020 policy address may not really be the confidence booster a weary city needs
Greater Bay Area to take centre stage in policy address, sources say, but new initiatives on hold until Hong Kong infections fall

Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she will unveil 200 new policy initiatives, but implementing cross-border measures depends on reaching zero untraced coronavirus cases.

24 Nov 2020 - 11:52PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she will unveil 200 new policy initiatives, but implementing cross-border measures depends on reaching zero untraced coronavirus cases.

Greater Bay Area to take centre stage in policy address, sources say, but new initiatives on hold until Hong Kong infections fall
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s postponement of policy address has ratcheted up anticipation – and the potential for disappointment

Analysts wonder whether Hong Kong leader’s flagship annual address can deliver initiatives capable of firing up a disaffected, pandemic-weary public.

24 Nov 2020 - 11:13AM

Analysts wonder whether Hong Kong leader’s flagship annual address can deliver initiatives capable of firing up a disaffected, pandemic-weary public.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s postponement of policy address has ratcheted up anticipation – and the potential for disappointment
Explainer | How important is Carrie Lam’s Beijing trip before her policy address, and what’s at stake for Hong Kong?

Chief executive postponed her policy speech last month, citing need to consult central government, raising expectations of solid policy gains.

4 Nov 2020 - 8:43AM

Chief executive postponed her policy speech last month, citing need to consult central government, raising expectations of solid policy gains.

How important is Carrie Lam’s Beijing trip before her policy address, and what’s at stake for Hong Kong?
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to begin five-day China trip with economic recovery talks in Beijing

Chief Executive Carrie Lam expected to discuss variety of issues during time in Chinese capital, including plans for Hong Kong’s economic recovery.

3 Nov 2020 - 10:02AM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam expected to discuss variety of issues during time in Chinese capital, including plans for Hong Kong’s economic recovery.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to begin five-day China trip with economic recovery talks in Beijing
Beijing to push Hong Kong’s ‘unique advantages’, help residents connect with world, mainland: official

The reassurance comes a day after single mention in statement released after fifth plenum left some wondering how city figures into China’s strategy.

30 Oct 2020 - 11:21PM

The reassurance comes a day after single mention in statement released after fifth plenum left some wondering how city figures into China’s strategy.

Beijing to push Hong Kong’s ‘unique advantages’, help residents connect with world, mainland: official
Explainer | Hong Kong’s role in annual Central Committee meeting has varied over the years, but much could hinge on what emerges from 2020 edition

Questions about city’s function in Greater Bay Area plan – and broader national agenda – hover as Communist Party plenum wraps on Thursday.

29 Oct 2020 - 8:30AM

Questions about city’s function in Greater Bay Area plan – and broader national agenda – hover as Communist Party plenum wraps on Thursday.

Hong Kong’s role in annual Central Committee meeting has varied over the years, but much could hinge on what emerges from 2020 edition
Explaining the fuss over the University of Hong Kong’s appointment of two mainland Chinese scholars to key posts

Professors Max Shen and Gong Peng will be vice-presidents, but critics have opposed a former listing of Shen as a Communist Party member.

28 Oct 2020 - 8:00AM

Professors Max Shen and Gong Peng will be vice-presidents, but critics have opposed a former listing of Shen as a Communist Party member.

Explaining the fuss over the University of Hong Kong’s appointment of two mainland Chinese scholars to key posts
One year on, Hong Kong and Taiwan’s tug of war over murder suspect who sparked extradition bill furore has no end in sight

Taipei’s insistence on ‘government-level exchange’ as a precursor to transfer, an impasse unlikely to be broken, vice-chair of Beijing think tank says.

23 Oct 2020 - 8:32AM

Taipei’s insistence on ‘government-level exchange’ as a precursor to transfer, an impasse unlikely to be broken, vice-chair of Beijing think tank says.

One year on, Hong Kong and Taiwan’s tug of war over murder suspect who sparked extradition bill furore has no end in sight
Dragon’s gold: Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific likely to retain axed subsidiary’s routes, sources say, but push for transparency ongoing behind scenes

Multiple sources tell Post city’s de facto flag carrier secured deal in principle to keep valuable traffic rights before pulling plug on regional airline.

23 Oct 2020 - 11:24AM

Multiple sources tell Post city’s de facto flag carrier secured deal in principle to keep valuable traffic rights before pulling plug on regional airline.

Dragon’s gold: Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific likely to retain axed subsidiary’s routes, sources say, but push for transparency ongoing behind scenes
Beijing’s man in Hong Kong urges city to capitalise on Greater Bay Area opportunities or risk ‘historic regret’

Luo Huining, head of Beijing’s liaison office, says Hong Kong ‘cannot afford to miss’ out on the possibilities afforded by the scheme.

21 Oct 2020 - 11:27PM

Luo Huining, head of Beijing’s liaison office, says Hong Kong ‘cannot afford to miss’ out on the possibilities afforded by the scheme.

Beijing’s man in Hong Kong urges city to capitalise on Greater Bay Area opportunities or risk ‘historic regret’
Hong Kong government draws criticism from all quarters for mulling a pause on HK$2 ride scheme for the elderly

Hong Kong lawmakers from across the political divide say any U-turn on the scheme’s extension will be unacceptable.

22 Oct 2020 - 12:05PM

Hong Kong lawmakers from across the political divide say any U-turn on the scheme’s extension will be unacceptable.

Hong Kong government draws criticism from all quarters for mulling a pause on HK$2 ride scheme for the elderly
Delay to Hong Kong leader’s annual speech shows policy direction ‘has shifted to Beijing’

Chief Executive Carrie Lam caught the public and even some ministers off guard when she postponed her address to next month. Some observers say the era of Hong Kong charting its own direction is over.

16 Oct 2020 - 7:43AM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam caught the public and even some ministers off guard when she postponed her address to next month. Some observers say the era of Hong Kong charting its own direction is over.

Delay to Hong Kong leader’s annual speech shows policy direction ‘has shifted to Beijing’
Long-reigning king of southern China, Hong Kong looks north to a possible usurper

With Shenzhen designated the engine of Greater Bay Area, financial hub finds itself at risk of being sidelined in national development.

15 Oct 2020 - 9:30AM

With Shenzhen designated the engine of Greater Bay Area, financial hub finds itself at risk of being sidelined in national development.

Long-reigning king of southern China, Hong Kong looks north to a possible usurper
Do China’s new plans for Shenzhen mean a Greater Bay Area back seat for Hong Kong?

While some analysts fear Hong Kong could be marginalised by new emphasis on neighbour, others believe the two can complement each other.

13 Oct 2020 - 11:33PM

While some analysts fear Hong Kong could be marginalised by new emphasis on neighbour, others believe the two can complement each other.

Do China’s new plans for Shenzhen mean a Greater Bay Area back seat for Hong Kong?
Seeking input or selling out? Hong Kong observers divided over Carrie Lam’s decision to delay policy address, but planning is likely to suffer

Move represents the first time in city history a policy address has been postponed in such a fashion.

3 Nov 2020 - 5:59PM

Move represents the first time in city history a policy address has been postponed in such a fashion.

Seeking input or selling out? Hong Kong observers divided over Carrie Lam’s decision to delay policy address, but planning is likely to suffer
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam postpones policy address to next month after Xi Jinping’s Shenzhen celebratory visit confirmed

Carrie Lam’s policy address will now be delivered by end of November, rather than Wednesday as scheduled.

3 Nov 2020 - 5:59PM

Carrie Lam’s policy address will now be delivered by end of November, rather than Wednesday as scheduled.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam postpones policy address to next month after Xi Jinping’s Shenzhen celebratory visit confirmed
Chinese President Xi Jinping tipped to visit Shenzhen this week, stress reforms ahead of plenum

Visit for 40th anniversary of special economic zone comes as State Council says cooperation will be stepped up between financial hub and Shenzhen, the ‘engine’ of the Greater Bay Area.

12 Oct 2020 - 8:56AM

Visit for 40th anniversary of special economic zone comes as State Council says cooperation will be stepped up between financial hub and Shenzhen, the ‘engine’ of the Greater Bay Area.

Chinese President Xi Jinping tipped to visit Shenzhen this week, stress reforms ahead of plenum
Former Hong Kong leader CY Leung amasses ‘likes’ on Facebook with attacks on officials, opposition alike

The former Hong Kong leader and fierce critic of protesters says many share his views but do not speak out ‘for fear of reprisal’.

11 Oct 2020 - 11:17PM

The former Hong Kong leader and fierce critic of protesters says many share his views but do not speak out ‘for fear of reprisal’.

Former Hong Kong leader CY Leung amasses ‘likes’ on Facebook with attacks on officials, opposition alike
Scuffles break out between Taiwan supporters and security guards in famed Hong Kong park on ‘Double Tenth Day’

Group trying to access a revolutionary base inside Sun Yat-sen Garden blocked by men hired by mainland Chinese owner of site.

11 Oct 2020 - 12:35AM

Group trying to access a revolutionary base inside Sun Yat-sen Garden blocked by men hired by mainland Chinese owner of site.

Scuffles break out between Taiwan supporters and security guards in famed Hong Kong park on ‘Double Tenth Day’
Carrie Lam expected to lay out plan to expand voting for Hongkongers on mainland China in next week’s policy address

The plan would amend election laws to establish polling stations in mainland cities where the Hong Kong government has a presence, according to a source.

3 Nov 2020 - 5:59PM

The plan would amend election laws to establish polling stations in mainland cities where the Hong Kong government has a presence, according to a source.

Carrie Lam expected to lay out plan to expand voting for Hongkongers on mainland China in next week’s policy address
‘They don’t want Hongkongers’ – how city’s rising wave of Covid-19 infections is snarling deal on opening border with mainland China

The mainland has successfully limited the pandemic, with zero infections viewed as the national standard. Hong Kong, eager for a travel agreement, might find that a difficult target to hit.

9 Oct 2020 - 7:07PM

The mainland has successfully limited the pandemic, with zero infections viewed as the national standard. Hong Kong, eager for a travel agreement, might find that a difficult target to hit.

‘They don’t want Hongkongers’ – how city’s rising wave of Covid-19 infections is snarling deal on opening border with mainland China
New EU envoy to Hong Kong sees ‘changing behaviour’ sparked by jitters over national security law

Signs of increasing self-censorship since introduction of new law are worrying, Thomas Gnocchi says.

4 Oct 2020 - 11:20PM

Signs of increasing self-censorship since introduction of new law are worrying, Thomas Gnocchi says.

New EU envoy to Hong Kong sees ‘changing behaviour’ sparked by jitters over national security law