Gary Cheung

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).
Gary Cheung
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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Will Carrie Lam deliver a business-as-usual policy address or will she show political courage to go for big bang measures?

Stirring words of Hong Kong leader might be considered fit for the crisis facing the city today.

15 Oct 2019 - 10:44AM

Stirring words of Hong Kong leader might be considered fit for the crisis facing the city today.

Will Carrie Lam deliver a business-as-usual policy address or will she show political courage to go for big bang measures?
Chinese President Xi Jinping warns that anyone trying to split any part of country will be crushed

Tough language is being seen as aimed at trouble spots in the country from Tibet and Xinjiang to Hong Kong.

14 Oct 2019 - 6:11AM

Tough language is being seen as aimed at trouble spots in the country from Tibet and Xinjiang to Hong Kong.

Chinese President Xi Jinping warns that anyone trying to split any part of country will be crushed
Nearly a third of Hong Kong protesters arrested over past four months of unrest aged under 18, city’s No 2 official reveals, calling trend ‘heartbreaking’

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung also insists that the government is not trying to wipe out protests altogether with its controversial anti-mask law.

14 Oct 2019 - 11:53AM

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung also insists that the government is not trying to wipe out protests altogether with its controversial anti-mask law.

Nearly a third of Hong Kong protesters arrested over past four months of unrest aged under 18, city’s No 2 official reveals, calling trend ‘heartbreaking’
Heat is on for Carrie Lam to deliver goodie-laden, impactful policy address amid Hong Kong protest crisis but there’s also fear Legco may be besieged again

Sources say housing and social welfare initiatives likely to be key planks of Carrie Lam’s third policy blueprint, while contingency plans in place for speech to be delivered through recorded video message if legislature is besieged.

10 Oct 2019 - 10:24AM

Sources say housing and social welfare initiatives likely to be key planks of Carrie Lam’s third policy blueprint, while contingency plans in place for speech to be delivered through recorded video message if legislature is besieged.

Heat is on for Carrie Lam to deliver goodie-laden, impactful policy address amid Hong Kong protest crisis but there’s also fear Legco may be besieged again
Four months of Hong Kong protests: how peaceful mass marches escalated to intense violence, a bitterly divided society and a loss of innocence

An estimated 1 million people marched peacefully on June 9, calling for the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill. Four months on, the city has become familiar with intense violence, wanton destruction and a bitterly divided society, while more than 2,000 people have been arrested.

10 Oct 2019 - 6:21AM

An estimated 1 million people marched peacefully on June 9, calling for the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill. Four months on, the city has become familiar with intense violence, wanton destruction and a bitterly divided society, while more than 2,000 people have been arrested.

Four months of Hong Kong protests: how peaceful mass marches escalated to intense violence, a bitterly divided society and a loss of innocence
Bruce Lee’s former Hong Kong home demolished despite decade-long campaign by fans to save it

Late kung fu star’s mansion in Kowloon Tong has been torn down and will be replaced by new centre for Chinese studies.

7 Oct 2019 - 10:50PM

Late kung fu star’s mansion in Kowloon Tong has been torn down and will be replaced by new centre for Chinese studies.

Bruce Lee’s former Hong Kong home demolished despite decade-long campaign by fans to save it
Hong Kong leader rolls out emergency mask law to quell anti-government protests. Defiant residents take to streets and night of violent destruction ensues

Despite invoking Emergency Regulations Ordinance, Chief Executive Carrie Lam clarifies she is not declaring a state of emergency.

5 Oct 2019 - 5:40AM

Despite invoking Emergency Regulations Ordinance, Chief Executive Carrie Lam clarifies she is not declaring a state of emergency.

Hong Kong leader rolls out emergency mask law to quell anti-government protests. Defiant residents take to streets and night of violent destruction ensues
David Akers-Jones, Hong Kong’s former chief secretary under British colonial rule, dies at 92

Political heavyweight is remembered fondly by former colleagues who say his heart was always with Hong Kong long after retirement.

2 Oct 2019 - 9:28AM

Political heavyweight is remembered fondly by former colleagues who say his heart was always with Hong Kong long after retirement.

David Akers-Jones, Hong Kong’s former chief secretary under British colonial rule, dies at 92
Property tycoons Li Ka-shing and Peter Woo decline invitations to attend National Day celebrations in Beijing

Li Ka-shing recently angered Beijing when he appealed for Hong Kong government to ‘provide a way out’ for protesters, which was seen as condoning crime.

1 Oct 2019 - 11:05AM

Li Ka-shing recently angered Beijing when he appealed for Hong Kong government to ‘provide a way out’ for protesters, which was seen as condoning crime.

Property tycoons Li Ka-shing and Peter Woo decline invitations to attend National Day celebrations in Beijing
Wang Fengchao, mainland Chinese envoy to Hong Kong, dies at 73

Former deputy director of the central government’s liaison office in the city died on Saturday in Beijing, five days after having a brain haemorrhage.

30 Sep 2019 - 5:49PM

Former deputy director of the central government’s liaison office in the city died on Saturday in Beijing, five days after having a brain haemorrhage.

Wang Fengchao, mainland Chinese envoy to Hong Kong, dies at 73
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sought Xi Jinping’s approval to formally withdraw extradition bill that triggered anti-government protests

Revelation comes three weeks after chief executive said she had decided on her own to withdraw the legislation in bid to break the political impasse.

28 Sep 2019 - 2:11PM

Revelation comes three weeks after chief executive said she had decided on her own to withdraw the legislation in bid to break the political impasse.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sought Xi Jinping’s approval to formally withdraw extradition bill that triggered anti-government protests
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam asked to remain in Queen Elizabeth Stadium after first community dialogue to avoid clashes between police and protesters

Chief Executive Carrie Lam made it clear to police during preparatory meetings that she did not want force to clear path for her after event.

28 Sep 2019 - 6:43PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam made it clear to police during preparatory meetings that she did not want force to clear path for her after event.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam asked to remain in Queen Elizabeth Stadium after first community dialogue to avoid clashes between police and protesters
Adviser to Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam does not believe she has completely ruled out independent inquiry into police

Executive Council member Ronny Tong says he does not believe city’s leader has closed the door on possibility, but his comments come hours after Lam rejected multiple demands for investigation into officers’ conduct.

28 Sep 2019 - 3:33PM

Executive Council member Ronny Tong says he does not believe city’s leader has closed the door on possibility, but his comments come hours after Lam rejected multiple demands for investigation into officers’ conduct.

Adviser to Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam does not believe she has completely ruled out independent inquiry into police
As Hong Kong marks 35 years since draft Sino-British Joint Declaration was signed, is universal suffrage as out of reach as ever?

As city marks 35 years since draft of Sino-British Joint Declaration was signed, Hongkongers are no closer to having say in who leads them, despite what the Basic Law says.

26 Sep 2019 - 10:57PM

As city marks 35 years since draft of Sino-British Joint Declaration was signed, Hongkongers are no closer to having say in who leads them, despite what the Basic Law says.

As Hong Kong marks 35 years since draft Sino-British Joint Declaration was signed, is universal suffrage as out of reach as ever?
Any move to invoke emergency powers to bring in mask ban in Hong Kong would need to consider impact on society, justice minister says

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng says impact on society of mask ban would have to be considered before emergency powers were invoked.

25 Sep 2019 - 10:58PM

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng says impact on society of mask ban would have to be considered before emergency powers were invoked.

Any move to invoke emergency powers to bring in mask ban in Hong Kong would need to consider impact on society, justice minister says
Scapegoats or scoundrels? Why ties between Beijing and Hong Kong’s property tycoons are unravelling amid protest crisis

In the second part of a new series on housing problems, the Post examines links between the city’s richest and Beijing, and how a recalibration might be due.

26 Sep 2019 - 8:06AM

In the second part of a new series on housing problems, the Post examines links between the city’s richest and Beijing, and how a recalibration might be due.

Scapegoats or scoundrels? Why ties between Beijing and Hong Kong’s property tycoons are unravelling amid protest crisis
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to lead delegation to Beijing ahead of National Day celebrations

First snub since 2004 for pan-democrats, who are not included on list of dignitaries visiting capital next week.

25 Sep 2019 - 5:06AM

First snub since 2004 for pan-democrats, who are not included on list of dignitaries visiting capital next week.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to lead delegation to Beijing ahead of National Day celebrations
Hong Kong protests: city set to tone down Chinese National Day celebrations to avoid potential chaos and embarrassment

VIPs attending a cocktail reception on October 1 have been told they will stay indoors to watch a live broadcast of the flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square.

24 Sep 2019 - 1:31PM

VIPs attending a cocktail reception on October 1 have been told they will stay indoors to watch a live broadcast of the flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square.

Hong Kong protests: city set to tone down Chinese National Day celebrations to avoid potential chaos and embarrassment
Outspoken businessman Tsang Hin-chi, former Hong Kong representative on China’s top legislative body, dies at age 85

The founder of Goldlion Holdings died of illness in his hometown Meizhou city in Guangdong province on Friday, the company announced.

21 Sep 2019 - 2:46AM

The founder of Goldlion Holdings died of illness in his hometown Meizhou city in Guangdong province on Friday, the company announced.

Outspoken businessman Tsang Hin-chi, former Hong Kong representative on China’s top legislative body, dies at age 85
Hong Kong’s first post-handover leader Tung Chee-hwa says ‘one country, two systems’ a success but work needed on housing and land issues

The first chief executive after Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 did not mention the ongoing anti-government protests that have rocked the city for four months.

20 Sep 2019 - 11:34PM

The first chief executive after Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 did not mention the ongoing anti-government protests that have rocked the city for four months.

Hong Kong’s first post-handover leader Tung Chee-hwa says ‘one country, two systems’ a success but work needed on housing and land issues
PLA Hong Kong Garrison pays respect to fallen war heroes at Tai Po monument, which was vandalised amid protest crisis

Chinese state media condemns damage and urges police to bring those responsible to justice.

20 Sep 2019 - 5:42PM

Chinese state media condemns damage and urges police to bring those responsible to justice.

PLA Hong Kong Garrison pays respect to fallen war heroes at Tai Po monument, which was vandalised amid protest crisis
Hong Kong Jockey Club to go ahead with National Day race, but prepared to cancel again if protest risk threatens safety

Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges says scrapping Wednesday night’s meeting was ‘one-off’ sparked by fears of protests against horse owned by Junius Ho.

20 Sep 2019 - 10:26AM

Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges says scrapping Wednesday night’s meeting was ‘one-off’ sparked by fears of protests against horse owned by Junius Ho.

Hong Kong Jockey Club to go ahead with National Day race, but prepared to cancel again if protest risk threatens safety
Veteran Hong Kong businessman Henry Fan surprise pick to take charge of city’s ailing Hospital Authority

Henry Fan’s appointment is a surprise given his lack of medical background, but Hong Kong’s leader is believed to want a fresh perspective for a sector with ‘deep-rooted problems’.

11 Sep 2019 - 10:09PM

Henry Fan’s appointment is a surprise given his lack of medical background, but Hong Kong’s leader is believed to want a fresh perspective for a sector with ‘deep-rooted problems’.

Veteran Hong Kong businessman Henry Fan surprise pick to take charge of city’s ailing Hospital Authority
Senior adviser to Hong Kong leader Fanny Law stands by her claims 14-year-old schoolgirl offered free sex to frontline protesters

Senior adviser to Hong Kong’s leader tells the Post she knows for a fact the offer was made, but to reveal more details would be traumatic.

10 Sep 2019 - 12:40PM

Senior adviser to Hong Kong’s leader tells the Post she knows for a fact the offer was made, but to reveal more details would be traumatic.

Senior adviser to Hong Kong leader Fanny Law stands by her claims 14-year-old schoolgirl offered free sex to frontline protesters
Hong Kong expects democracy, the Chinese don’t want it. It was clear from the start: historian Wang Gungwu

The renowned academic reflects on unresolved tensions that have endured ever since the formulation of ‘one country, two systems’.

8 Sep 2019 - 4:51PM

The renowned academic reflects on unresolved tensions that have endured ever since the formulation of ‘one country, two systems’.

Hong Kong expects democracy, the Chinese don’t want it. It was clear from the start: historian Wang Gungwu
Hong Kong’s pro-government lawmakers brace for impact in district council elections following Carrie Lam’s withdrawal of extradition bill

Elizabeth Quat, from the Democratic Alliance for Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, says disappointed voters may show their anger at the polls.

6 Sep 2019 - 12:14PM

Elizabeth Quat, from the Democratic Alliance for Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, says disappointed voters may show their anger at the polls.

Hong Kong’s pro-government lawmakers brace for impact in district council elections following Carrie Lam’s withdrawal of extradition bill
China opts for low-key coverage of Hong Kong extradition bill withdrawal

Comments and hashtags disappear as the authorities muffle backlash after weeks of rhetoric. One analyst says that Beijing is worried about mainland citizens believing that protests can achieve results.

6 Sep 2019 - 6:09AM

Comments and hashtags disappear as the authorities muffle backlash after weeks of rhetoric. One analyst says that Beijing is worried about mainland citizens believing that protests can achieve results.

China opts for low-key coverage of Hong Kong extradition bill withdrawal
Government insiders reveal why it took Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam three months to withdraw hated extradition bill

Carrie Lam changed her mind after listening to nearly unanimous calls to withdraw extradition bill, sources say, but others say move is too late, will fail to pacify public and has angered some of her closest political allies.

5 Sep 2019 - 7:34AM

Carrie Lam changed her mind after listening to nearly unanimous calls to withdraw extradition bill, sources say, but others say move is too late, will fail to pacify public and has angered some of her closest political allies.

Government insiders reveal why it took Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam three months to withdraw hated extradition bill
Is Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam distancing herself from Beijing with resignation remarks in closed-door meeting?

Analyst says leaked audio recording shows chief executive may be seeking to distance herself from Beijing as harsher measures are in the pipeline.

4 Sep 2019 - 2:35PM

Analyst says leaked audio recording shows chief executive may be seeking to distance herself from Beijing as harsher measures are in the pipeline.

Is Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam distancing herself from Beijing with resignation remarks in closed-door meeting?
Mass arrests of Hong Kong protesters by police could backfire in long run, say academics

Detaining hundreds of demonstrators under tough new approach likely to stem violence initially but risks backfiring, academics warn.

3 Sep 2019 - 12:12PM

Detaining hundreds of demonstrators under tough new approach likely to stem violence initially but risks backfiring, academics warn.

Mass arrests of Hong Kong protesters by police could backfire in long run, say academics