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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Extradition bill crisis: how the Hong Kong government had the ‘perfect’ listening mechanisms, but turned a deaf ear to public sentiment

We examine how Carrie Lam’s administration failed to gauge the popular mood before launching the bill, and what that implies for the way it governs.

18 Aug 2019 - 7:18AM

We examine how Carrie Lam’s administration failed to gauge the popular mood before launching the bill, and what that implies for the way it governs.

Extradition bill crisis: how the Hong Kong government had the ‘perfect’ listening mechanisms, but turned a deaf ear to public sentiment
Two months on and nearly 2,000 rounds of tear gas later, what do Hong Kong’s extradition bill protesters really want?

What do protesters really want and what are the chances are of persuading them to stay off the streets?

18 Aug 2019 - 7:22AM

What do protesters really want and what are the chances are of persuading them to stay off the streets?

Two months on and nearly 2,000 rounds of tear gas later, what do Hong Kong’s extradition bill protesters really want?
Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s reframing of battle with protesters as about sovereignty will fuel anger, observers and pro-Beijing lawmakers warn

Reactions to city leader’s remarks draw harsh criticism, one analysts saying ‘the confrontation is set to escalate’. Beijing loyalists also unimpressed.

6 Aug 2019 - 7:03AM

Reactions to city leader’s remarks draw harsh criticism, one analysts saying ‘the confrontation is set to escalate’. Beijing loyalists also unimpressed.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s reframing of battle with protesters as about sovereignty will fuel anger, observers and pro-Beijing lawmakers warn
‘This is no longer about my personal honour’: Carrie Lam when asked if she should resign as chief executive of Hong Kong

City’s chief executive makes first public appearance for two weeks and when asked if she should resign, says: this is no longer about my personal honour.

6 Aug 2019 - 1:40AM

City’s chief executive makes first public appearance for two weeks and when asked if she should resign, says: this is no longer about my personal honour.

‘This is no longer about my personal honour’: Carrie Lam when asked if she should resign as chief executive of Hong Kong
Hong Kong being dragged down ‘path of no return’ says Carrie Lam, as she calls protests an attack on Beijing’s sovereignty

Embattled chief executive says protests are attack on Beijing’s sovereignty during first public appearance for two weeks, and accuses demonstrators of attempting to destroy city and gambling with lives of 7 million people.

5 Aug 2019 - 8:52PM

Embattled chief executive says protests are attack on Beijing’s sovereignty during first public appearance for two weeks, and accuses demonstrators of attempting to destroy city and gambling with lives of 7 million people.

Hong Kong being dragged down ‘path of no return’ says Carrie Lam, as she calls protests an attack on Beijing’s sovereignty
President Rocky Tuan of Chinese University says students facing protest-related criminal charges to get help paying legal fees – but still gets his car covered with slogans

President Rocky Tuan’s remarks fail to impress – students walk out of forum and some cover his car with protest slogans.

3 Aug 2019 - 4:06PM

President Rocky Tuan’s remarks fail to impress – students walk out of forum and some cover his car with protest slogans.

President Rocky Tuan of Chinese University says students facing protest-related criminal charges to get help paying legal fees – but still gets his car covered with slogans
Hong Kong protests: government unlikely to change its mind on inquiry into extradition bill clashes, sources tell Post

People close to Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s administration exploring possibility of independent inquiry, but police are strongly opposed to prospect and Beijing is not pushing for one.

30 Jul 2019 - 9:21AM

People close to Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s administration exploring possibility of independent inquiry, but police are strongly opposed to prospect and Beijing is not pushing for one.

Hong Kong protests: government unlikely to change its mind on inquiry into extradition bill clashes, sources tell Post
Time running out for Bruce Lee’s Hong Kong mansion, as developer’s deadline for demolition passes

Yu Panglin Charitable Trust, which owns the building in Kowloon Tong, says it will begin tearing it down as early as next week. Last-gasp effort by fan club to save late kung fu star’s former home gets no response from government.

29 Jul 2019 - 12:26PM

Yu Panglin Charitable Trust, which owns the building in Kowloon Tong, says it will begin tearing it down as early as next week. Last-gasp effort by fan club to save late kung fu star’s former home gets no response from government.

Time running out for Bruce Lee’s Hong Kong mansion, as developer’s deadline for demolition passes
Chinese military can be deployed at Hong Kong’s request to contain protests, Beijing says

Radical protesters are challenging mainland government’s authority and principle of ‘one country, two systems’, defence spokesman says, citing Garrison Law that gives Hong Kong the option of asking for PLA’s help.

25 Jul 2019 - 7:12AM

Radical protesters are challenging mainland government’s authority and principle of ‘one country, two systems’, defence spokesman says, citing Garrison Law that gives Hong Kong the option of asking for PLA’s help.

Chinese military can be deployed at Hong Kong’s request to contain protests, Beijing says
Are Yuen Long attacks a sign of deepening fractures in Hong Kong society that could lead to anarchy amid extradition bill crisis?

Analysts pin blame on government’s ‘flaccid’ response over ongoing unrest, expressing fears neighbourhood crisis will spread and spiral out of control.

24 Jul 2019 - 12:00AM

Analysts pin blame on government’s ‘flaccid’ response over ongoing unrest, expressing fears neighbourhood crisis will spread and spiral out of control.

Are Yuen Long attacks a sign of deepening fractures in Hong Kong society that could lead to anarchy amid extradition bill crisis?
Former chief executive Donald Tsang talks about his time in jail and why Hong Kong is still a ‘place of happiness’ despite extradition crisis

‘God will care for us’: Former city chief talks about disgrace and imprisonment for first time since top court cleared him of criminal misconduct last month.

22 Jul 2019 - 8:38PM

‘God will care for us’: Former city chief talks about disgrace and imprisonment for first time since top court cleared him of criminal misconduct last month.

Former chief executive Donald Tsang talks about his time in jail and why Hong Kong is still a ‘place of happiness’ despite extradition crisis
With Beijing a direct target, has Hong Kong reached a ‘new normal’ as violent protests escalate?

No endgame in sight for chaos, warns political observer, with survey revealing 80 per cent of demonstrators sympathetic to violence.

23 Jul 2019 - 2:58PM

No endgame in sight for chaos, warns political observer, with survey revealing 80 per cent of demonstrators sympathetic to violence.

With Beijing a direct target, has Hong Kong reached a ‘new normal’ as violent protests escalate?
Heavyweight backing for independent inquiry into Hong Kong extradition bill clashes

Ex-government ministers and former allies of the city leader among 35 signatories of joint statement. Religious leaders call for full withdrawal of the legislation

24 Jul 2019 - 6:06PM

Ex-government ministers and former allies of the city leader among 35 signatories of joint statement. Religious leaders call for full withdrawal of the legislation

Heavyweight backing for independent inquiry into Hong Kong extradition bill clashes
Singapore had its own agenda when criticising Britain’s handling of Hong Kong’s early 1990s electoral reform, declassified cables show

Former leader Lee Kuan Yew called reforms ‘ill-timed and futile’ and accused Britain of conspiring with the US to democratise China.

18 Jul 2019 - 3:09PM

Former leader Lee Kuan Yew called reforms ‘ill-timed and futile’ and accused Britain of conspiring with the US to democratise China.

Singapore had its own agenda when criticising Britain’s handling of Hong Kong’s early 1990s electoral reform, declassified cables show
Carrie Lam’s office categorically denies report she offered to resign as Hong Kong leader

Director of Chief Executive’s Office denies ‘groundless’ report that Lam offered to resign on several occasions but Beijing insisted she stay on.

15 Jul 2019 - 12:40PM

Director of Chief Executive’s Office denies ‘groundless’ report that Lam offered to resign on several occasions but Beijing insisted she stay on.

Carrie Lam’s office categorically denies report she offered to resign as Hong Kong leader
Extradition bill protests: what Hong Kong’s history of riots can teach Carrie Lam

The best way for the embattled chief executive to find a way out of Hong Kong’s present crisis may be to look to its past, historians and former officials say. The British colonial administration weathered far more violent affairs.

16 Jul 2019 - 12:05PM

The best way for the embattled chief executive to find a way out of Hong Kong’s present crisis may be to look to its past, historians and former officials say. The British colonial administration weathered far more violent affairs.

Extradition bill protests: what Hong Kong’s history of riots can teach Carrie Lam
Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan deleted from website for mainland China’s controversial ‘social credit system’ as rumours swirl of implementation

Constitutional affairs chief Patrick Nip reveals move in late night Facebook post while government source says deletion was made to remove any misunderstanding.

15 Jul 2019 - 10:54AM

Constitutional affairs chief Patrick Nip reveals move in late night Facebook post while government source says deletion was made to remove any misunderstanding.

Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan deleted from website for mainland China’s controversial ‘social credit system’ as rumours swirl of implementation
Bruce Lee’s former Hong Kong mansion to be torn down to make way for Chinese studies centre

Charitable trust that owns building says demolition necessary because deteriorating concrete would threaten future students.

13 Jul 2019 - 4:45PM

Charitable trust that owns building says demolition necessary because deteriorating concrete would threaten future students.

Bruce Lee’s former Hong Kong mansion to be torn down to make way for Chinese studies centre
Hong Kong protests: pro-Beijing camp squabbles as former chief justice lends support to commission of inquiry into police handling of violent clashes

Veteran James Tien calls on three advisers to the chief executive to resign, including a member of his own party as Andrew Li backs independent inquiry.

9 Jul 2019 - 9:51AM

Veteran James Tien calls on three advisers to the chief executive to resign, including a member of his own party as Andrew Li backs independent inquiry.

Hong Kong protests: pro-Beijing camp squabbles as former chief justice lends support to commission of inquiry into police handling of violent clashes
Hong Kong leader’s first attempt to make peace with student protesters ends in defeat

Student unions reject Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s offer to hold talks; leaders have said they will only meet with Lam if she agrees to hold town hall-style meetings and if protesters are exonerated.

6 Jul 2019 - 3:53AM

Student unions reject Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s offer to hold talks; leaders have said they will only meet with Lam if she agrees to hold town hall-style meetings and if protesters are exonerated.

Hong Kong leader’s first attempt to make peace with student protesters ends in defeat
Explainer | Explainer: What is the Sino-British Joint Declaration and what does it have to do with Hong Kong’s extradition crisis?

Signed in 1984, pact is back in the news after British diplomat says Beijing must honour it in regard to extradition crisis.

5 Jul 2019 - 6:03AM

Signed in 1984, pact is back in the news after British diplomat says Beijing must honour it in regard to extradition crisis.

Explainer: What is the Sino-British Joint Declaration and what does it have to do with Hong Kong’s extradition crisis?
Hong Kong protest crisis being watched closely by Beijing task force in Shenzhen for nearly a month, with bottom line being ‘no bloodshed’

Source reveals task force sent to neighbouring special economic zone on June 9, when an estimated 1 million people took to streets.

8 Jul 2019 - 11:57AM

Source reveals task force sent to neighbouring special economic zone on June 9, when an estimated 1 million people took to streets.

Hong Kong protest crisis being watched closely by Beijing task force in Shenzhen for nearly a month, with bottom line being ‘no bloodshed’
Police watchdog could appoint retired judge to join inquiry into Hong Kong extradition bill clashes

Chairman of Independent Police Complaints Council raises possibility of appointing retired judge to special panel, but senior sources call move ‘very unusual’ and question whether council has authority to do so.

29 Jun 2019 - 11:20PM

Chairman of Independent Police Complaints Council raises possibility of appointing retired judge to special panel, but senior sources call move ‘very unusual’ and question whether council has authority to do so.

Police watchdog could appoint retired judge to join inquiry into Hong Kong extradition bill clashes
Hong Kong extradition bill protests: failure to open independent inquiry into June 12 clashes would ‘not be justifiable’

Former ministers and legal figure argue judge-led probe vital for taking heat out of extradition row, but executive councillor warns it could inflame tensions.

29 Jun 2019 - 9:45AM

Former ministers and legal figure argue judge-led probe vital for taking heat out of extradition row, but executive councillor warns it could inflame tensions.

Hong Kong extradition bill protests: failure to open independent inquiry into June 12 clashes would ‘not be justifiable’
Has Carrie Lam lost Hong Kong in her bid to push through extradition bill?

The chief executive has made mistakes aplenty, not least of which was underestimating the public’s anger over the bill – but she insists her political career is a long way from over.

2 Jul 2019 - 12:11PM

The chief executive has made mistakes aplenty, not least of which was underestimating the public’s anger over the bill – but she insists her political career is a long way from over.

Has Carrie Lam lost Hong Kong in her bid to push through extradition bill?
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam told to accelerate popular reforms to rescue government from extradition bill paralysis

Progressive policies to win over poorer residents key to putting administration on a stronger footing, say chief executive's allies.

28 Jun 2019 - 10:01AM

Progressive policies to win over poorer residents key to putting administration on a stronger footing, say chief executive's allies.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam told to accelerate popular reforms to rescue government from extradition bill paralysis
Defiant Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sticking to her guns over refusal to withdraw extradition bill

Chief executive has stayed out of public eye but sticks to her guns in private meeting with business leaders, and says ‘illegal and violent acts on June 12’ will be dealt with ‘impartially and fairly’.

26 Jun 2019 - 2:01PM

Chief executive has stayed out of public eye but sticks to her guns in private meeting with business leaders, and says ‘illegal and violent acts on June 12’ will be dealt with ‘impartially and fairly’.

Defiant Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sticking to her guns over refusal to withdraw extradition bill
Hong Kong government stays invisible to avoid more extradition bill chaos ahead of G20 summit

Chief Executive Carrie Lam cancels weekly cabinet meeting to avoid rocking boat, while protesters again block main entrance at Revenue Tower but mostly succeed in annoying taxpayers and civil servants.

25 Jun 2019 - 12:54PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam cancels weekly cabinet meeting to avoid rocking boat, while protesters again block main entrance at Revenue Tower but mostly succeed in annoying taxpayers and civil servants.

Hong Kong government stays invisible to avoid more extradition bill chaos ahead of G20 summit
Police siege aftermath: Hong Kong tense but calm as government officials dig in and anti-extradition bill protesters plan their next moves

Police vow to pursue demonstrators siege of headquarters, and protesters look for ways to keep public opinion on their side.

23 Jun 2019 - 12:04AM

Police vow to pursue demonstrators siege of headquarters, and protesters look for ways to keep public opinion on their side.

Police siege aftermath: Hong Kong tense but calm as government officials dig in and anti-extradition bill protesters plan their next moves
Lawmaker and legal scholar revise proposed changes to Hong Kong extradition bill in bid to ease fallout from controversial amendment

Legislator Michael Tien and scholar Albert Chen suggest limiting the scope of their proposed changes to murder and manslaughter only.

22 Jun 2019 - 2:46AM

Legislator Michael Tien and scholar Albert Chen suggest limiting the scope of their proposed changes to murder and manslaughter only.

Lawmaker and legal scholar revise proposed changes to Hong Kong extradition bill in bid to ease fallout from controversial amendment