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 elections: Cheng Chung-tai becomes first opposition lawmaker to reveal he will serve out Legislative Council’s extended term

Cheng Chung-tai also challenges others in opposition to boycott Hong Kong’s entire electoral system if they refuse to join him in the legislature.

13 Aug 2020 - 11:35PM

Cheng Chung-tai also challenges others in opposition to boycott Hong Kong’s entire electoral system if they refuse to join him in the legislature.

Hong Kong elections: Cheng Chung-tai becomes first opposition lawmaker to reveal he will serve out Legislative Council’s extended term
How Beijing extending Hong Kong’s Legislative Council term sparked challenges for city’s two political camps

Opposition unsure on boycott, while pro-establishment bloc caught off guard with four disqualified rival lawmakers set to stay on.

12 Aug 2020 - 11:47PM

Opposition unsure on boycott, while pro-establishment bloc caught off guard with four disqualified rival lawmakers set to stay on.

How Beijing extending Hong Kong’s Legislative Council term sparked challenges for city’s two political camps
Vague decision by China’s top legislative body, but disqualified Hong Kong lawmakers expected to serve out Legco term: experts

Though a decision from Beijing did not address the issue head-on, those close to the matter say opposition Legco members barred from re-election can serve out extra year.

12 Aug 2020 - 9:10AM

Though a decision from Beijing did not address the issue head-on, those close to the matter say opposition Legco members barred from re-election can serve out extra year.

Vague decision by China’s top legislative body, but disqualified Hong Kong lawmakers expected to serve out Legco term: experts
Beijing extends Hong Kong’s Legislative Council term by ‘at least one year’ but kicks ball back to Carrie Lam to decide how disqualified lawmakers can continue their duties

‘My understanding is that all serving lawmakers can stay on in the extended term,’ says National People’s Congress delegate who sat in on meeting.

12 Aug 2020 - 12:48AM

‘My understanding is that all serving lawmakers can stay on in the extended term,’ says National People’s Congress delegate who sat in on meeting.

Beijing extends Hong Kong’s Legislative Council term by ‘at least one year’ but kicks ball back to Carrie Lam to decide how disqualified lawmakers can continue their duties
Beijing’s expected decision to let disqualified Hong Kong lawmakers finish Legco term seen as effort to mollify US, ‘restore harmony’

One pro-Beijing heavyweight attributes the expected move to a desire not to provoke the US in the lead-up to November’s presidential election.

11 Aug 2020 - 9:36AM

One pro-Beijing heavyweight attributes the expected move to a desire not to provoke the US in the lead-up to November’s presidential election.

Beijing’s expected decision to let disqualified Hong Kong lawmakers finish Legco term seen as effort to mollify US, ‘restore harmony’
Hong Kong must strengthen laws against disrespecting Chinese flag as Beijing does the same, National People’s Congress politicians in the city say

China’s top legislative body proposes banning displaying the national flag upside down or other forms of degradation, according to Tam Yiu-chung.

10 Aug 2020 - 11:58PM

China’s top legislative body proposes banning displaying the national flag upside down or other forms of degradation, according to Tam Yiu-chung.

Hong Kong must strengthen laws against disrespecting Chinese flag as Beijing does the same, National People’s Congress politicians in the city say
Hong Kong elections: Beijing to allow city lawmakers barred from Legco polls in extended term, sources say

US and other members of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance issue joint statement urging Hong Kong government to hold the elections as soon as possible.

10 Aug 2020 - 10:22AM

US and other members of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance issue joint statement urging Hong Kong government to hold the elections as soon as possible.

Hong Kong elections: Beijing to allow city lawmakers barred from Legco polls in extended term, sources say
Pro-establishment hawks in ascendancy as Beijing debates fate of Hong Kong lawmakers banned from seeking re-election

Hardliners want Beijing to stop quartet barred from re-election sitting in extended Legislative Council term, but moderates don’t agree.

9 Aug 2020 - 11:10PM

Hardliners want Beijing to stop quartet barred from re-election sitting in extended Legislative Council term, but moderates don’t agree.

Pro-establishment hawks in ascendancy as Beijing debates fate of Hong Kong lawmakers banned from seeking re-election
Hong Kong third wave: why mainland China’s help in fighting Covid-19 has sparked anxiety rather than appreciation

The prevailing reaction to Beijing’s help in battling the third wave of Covid-19 appears to be apprehension rather than appreciation.

8 Aug 2020 - 12:30PM

The prevailing reaction to Beijing’s help in battling the third wave of Covid-19 appears to be apprehension rather than appreciation.

Hong Kong third wave: why mainland China’s help in fighting Covid-19 has sparked anxiety rather than appreciation
‘Shameless and despicable’: Hong Kong decries US sanctions on officials over national security law

Release of personal details ‘no less than state-sanctioned doxxing’, says Carrie Lam, while city’s liaison office chief mockingly offers US$100 to ‘freeze’.

9 Aug 2020 - 11:21AM

Release of personal details ‘no less than state-sanctioned doxxing’, says Carrie Lam, while city’s liaison office chief mockingly offers US$100 to ‘freeze’.

‘Shameless and despicable’: Hong Kong decries US sanctions on officials over national security law
Explainer | What next for Hong Kong’s Legco? Beijing meeting will decide if lawmakers continue for an extra year until polls

Extending Legco’s term will cause the least upset, but some prefer that Beijing appoint a provisional body

8 Aug 2020 - 11:30AM

Extending Legco’s term will cause the least upset, but some prefer that Beijing appoint a provisional body

What next for Hong Kong’s Legco? Beijing meeting will decide if lawmakers continue for an extra year until polls
Hong Kong elections: Beijing yet to decide whether four opposition lawmakers barred from seeking re-election can serve for a Legco provisional term, sources say

Pro-Beijing politician says HKMAO deputy director Zhang Xiaoming has an open mind on whether four opposition lawmakers can continue to serve.

4 Aug 2020 - 11:46PM

Pro-Beijing politician says HKMAO deputy director Zhang Xiaoming has an open mind on whether four opposition lawmakers can continue to serve.

Hong Kong elections: Beijing yet to decide whether four opposition lawmakers barred from seeking re-election can serve for a Legco provisional term, sources say
Hong Kong third wave: plans for at least two temporary coronavirus hospitals and expanded makeshift facilities will boost capacity by 2,400 beds

Temporary hospitals will be used to treat patients in more serious condition, with one of them to be built near AsiaWorld-Expo, government source says.

4 Aug 2020 - 10:42PM

Temporary hospitals will be used to treat patients in more serious condition, with one of them to be built near AsiaWorld-Expo, government source says.

Hong Kong third wave: plans for at least two temporary coronavirus hospitals and expanded makeshift facilities will boost capacity by 2,400 beds
Hong Kong elections: Beijing sends top official to discuss postponement of Legislative Council vote

Zhang Xiaoming arrived in Hong Kong on Sunday and has already met members of Basic Law Committee, Post has learned. He is gathering views on legal ramifications of decision.

4 Aug 2020 - 12:51AM

Zhang Xiaoming arrived in Hong Kong on Sunday and has already met members of Basic Law Committee, Post has learned. He is gathering views on legal ramifications of decision.

Hong Kong elections: Beijing sends top official to discuss postponement of Legislative Council vote
Hong Kong elections: Article 23, barred lawmakers and voting rights – some of the thorny issues awaiting the next Legislative Council

Article 23, barred lawmakers and voting rights have the potential to light the touchpaper when the legislature returns to business after the elections were delayed for a year.

3 Aug 2020 - 12:21PM

Article 23, barred lawmakers and voting rights have the potential to light the touchpaper when the legislature returns to business after the elections were delayed for a year.

Hong Kong elections: Article 23, barred lawmakers and voting rights – some of the thorny issues awaiting the next Legislative Council
Hong Kong elections: by delaying vote for one year, leader throws up raft of legal and political questions

It remains unclear if opposition lawmakers already disqualified from running will be permitted or even want to take part in an extended term. Basic Law expert Maria Tam casts doubt over whether a prolonged Legco can survive legal challenges.

2 Aug 2020 - 3:35PM

It remains unclear if opposition lawmakers already disqualified from running will be permitted or even want to take part in an extended term. Basic Law expert Maria Tam casts doubt over whether a prolonged Legco can survive legal challenges.

Hong Kong elections: by delaying vote for one year, leader throws up raft of legal and political questions
Hong Kong elections: Extending Legco’s term would allow ‘caretaker legislature’ to stay in charge until polls are held next year

Opposition lawmakers will face dilemma over whether to stay if some colleagues are barred from interim legislature.

1 Aug 2020 - 3:20AM

Opposition lawmakers will face dilemma over whether to stay if some colleagues are barred from interim legislature.

Hong Kong elections: Extending Legco’s term would allow ‘caretaker legislature’ to stay in charge until polls are held next year
Purge guts Hong Kong opposition, but activists vow to fight on despite shifting goalposts ahead of Legislative Council elections

A purge; a new deep red line; a shifting of the goalposts: the banning of key figures, this final part now focuses on their changing fortunes.

31 Jul 2020 - 12:27PM

A purge; a new deep red line; a shifting of the goalposts: the banning of key figures, this final part now focuses on their changing fortunes.

Purge guts Hong Kong opposition, but activists vow to fight on despite shifting goalposts ahead of Legislative Council elections
National security law: lawyers challenge arrests of former Studentlocalism members for Facebook post supporting independence

Detaining former members of Studentlocalism ‘will not help protect China's national security and threatens to undermine the legislation’.

30 Jul 2020 - 11:32PM

Detaining former members of Studentlocalism ‘will not help protect China's national security and threatens to undermine the legislation’.

National security law: lawyers challenge arrests of former Studentlocalism members for Facebook post supporting independence
Hong Kong elections: will Legislative Council polls be postponed, and who stands to gain?

In the first of a three-part series, we explore the political implications behind any decision to change the polling date.

29 Jul 2020 - 3:12PM

In the first of a three-part series, we explore the political implications behind any decision to change the polling date.

Hong Kong elections: will Legislative Council polls be postponed, and who stands to gain?
Hong Kong elections: Carrie Lam adviser urges government to explore online voting to avoid delaying Legislative Council 2020 polls over Covid-19

Coronavirus crisis leads pro-Beijing camp to suggest delaying Legco 2020, but Ronny Tong says that presents risks to both the government and Hong Kong.

22 Jul 2020 - 11:57PM

Coronavirus crisis leads pro-Beijing camp to suggest delaying Legco 2020, but Ronny Tong says that presents risks to both the government and Hong Kong.

Hong Kong elections: Carrie Lam adviser urges government to explore online voting to avoid delaying Legislative Council 2020 polls over Covid-19
Explainer | Hong Kong third wave: will Legislative Council elections be postponed as Covid-19 cases spike? And who makes the call?

Hongkongers are set to go to the polls on September 6, but there have been calls for a postponement, with no end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic.

21 Jul 2020 - 11:13PM

Hongkongers are set to go to the polls on September 6, but there have been calls for a postponement, with no end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hong Kong third wave: will Legislative Council elections be postponed as Covid-19 cases spike? And who makes the call?
Hong Kong third wave: union urges government to allow civil servants to work from home

At least 10 staff have recently been confirmed as infected. But the Hong Kong government has stopped short of reintroducing across-the-board remote working for its employees.

18 Jul 2020 - 4:59AM

At least 10 staff have recently been confirmed as infected. But the Hong Kong government has stopped short of reintroducing across-the-board remote working for its employees.

Hong Kong third wave: union urges government to allow civil servants to work from home
Head of Taiwan’s Hong Kong office, two colleagues forced to leave after refusing to sign document supporting ‘one-China’ principle

It is understood the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office plans to continue operating in the city, though it is now left with only one director-level staffer.

17 Jul 2020 - 11:50PM

It is understood the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office plans to continue operating in the city, though it is now left with only one director-level staffer.

Head of Taiwan’s Hong Kong office, two colleagues forced to leave after refusing to sign document supporting ‘one-China’ principle
National security law: Beijing vows to retaliate after Donald Trump ends special treatment for Hong Kong and targets officials with sanctions

US president signs act aimed at punishing Chinese and city officials deemed to undermine established freedoms in wake of national security law. Hong Kong government says measures will cause ‘very serious damage to American companies and citizens’.

16 Jul 2020 - 3:33PM

US president signs act aimed at punishing Chinese and city officials deemed to undermine established freedoms in wake of national security law. Hong Kong government says measures will cause ‘very serious damage to American companies and citizens’.

National security law: Beijing vows to retaliate after Donald Trump ends special treatment for Hong Kong and targets officials with sanctions
Trump’s executive order revoking Hong Kong’s special status: what is it and who will be affected?

United States can ban anyone deemed to be undermining freedom in the city from holding property in the country and refuse them and their family entryExisting punitive tariffs the US imposed on mainland China will be applied to Hong Kong exports.

27 Jul 2020 - 3:52PM

United States can ban anyone deemed to be undermining freedom in the city from holding property in the country and refuse them and their family entryExisting punitive tariffs the US imposed on mainland China will be applied to Hong Kong exports.

Trump’s executive order revoking Hong Kong’s special status: what is it and who will be affected?
Former Hong Kong leader C Y Leung accuses opposition of possible secession by trying to sideline Beijing from city’s governance

Former city leader C Y Leung says opposition leaders’ tactics could put them in violation of one of the four offences outlawed by the national security legislation.

12 Jul 2020 - 10:27PM

Former city leader C Y Leung says opposition leaders’ tactics could put them in violation of one of the four offences outlawed by the national security legislation.

Former Hong Kong leader C Y Leung accuses opposition of possible secession by trying to sideline Beijing from city’s governance
Hong Kong civil servants employed from July 1 to be required in writing to swear allegiance, uphold Basic Law

Proposed rules also apply to serving officers with duties classified as ‘crucial’ or ‘sensitive’. Previous requirement covered only principal officials and those under judiciary.

9 Jul 2020 - 2:35AM

Proposed rules also apply to serving officers with duties classified as ‘crucial’ or ‘sensitive’. Previous requirement covered only principal officials and those under judiciary.

Hong Kong civil servants employed from July 1 to be required in writing to swear allegiance, uphold Basic Law
Hong Kong national security law: lawyers warn of loss of checks and balances on police power as rules remove traditional judicial safeguards

Former public prosecutors among those to express concern about lack of legal oversight on police actions under new legislation.

8 Jul 2020 - 11:48PM

Former public prosecutors among those to express concern about lack of legal oversight on police actions under new legislation.

Hong Kong national security law: lawyers warn of loss of checks and balances on police power as rules remove traditional judicial safeguards
National security law: former Beijing official accuses Hong Kong’s first post-handover chief justice of not grasping city’s Basic Law

Xu Ze, former deputy director of Beijing body in charge of Hong Kong affairs, says Andrew Li has fuelled mini-constitution myths. Earlier, Li said city leader’s judge-designating powers under national security law undermined judicial independence.

7 Jul 2020 - 4:43AM

Xu Ze, former deputy director of Beijing body in charge of Hong Kong affairs, says Andrew Li has fuelled mini-constitution myths. Earlier, Li said city leader’s judge-designating powers under national security law undermined judicial independence.

National security law: former Beijing official accuses Hong Kong’s first post-handover chief justice of not grasping city’s Basic Law