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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City University switches sides again on roast pig-cutting tradition, foregoing political correctness

University served roast pigs at the opening of its new veterinary centre – then appeared to back down to activists. Now it has switched sides again.

18 Apr 2019 - 10:59PM

University served roast pigs at the opening of its new veterinary centre – then appeared to back down to activists. Now it has switched sides again.

City University switches sides again on roast pig-cutting tradition, foregoing political correctness
After a stop-start history, Hong Kong is restarting a road-pricing plan for traffic-clogged Central

Proposals for electronic road pricing have been made since the 1980s, only to be shelved amid furious objections from motorists, district officials and politicians.

15 Apr 2019 - 1:04PM

Proposals for electronic road pricing have been made since the 1980s, only to be shelved amid furious objections from motorists, district officials and politicians.

After a stop-start history, Hong Kong is restarting a road-pricing plan for traffic-clogged Central
Hong Kong’s famous roast pig-cutting ceremonies: is it time for them to get the chop?

City University calls for the ceremonies to be discouraged after outrage over the opening of its new veterinary centre, but a member of the university’s ruling council says it’s a knee-jerk reaction.

13 Apr 2019 - 3:34AM

City University calls for the ceremonies to be discouraged after outrage over the opening of its new veterinary centre, but a member of the university’s ruling council says it’s a knee-jerk reaction.

Hong Kong’s famous roast pig-cutting ceremonies: is it time for them to get the chop?
Former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying calls for more pilots and more routes from the airport, amid Greater Bay Area and Belt and Road Initiative projects

But Leung, now vice-chair of the national advisory body, warns of challenges managing airspace in Greater Bay Area.

3 Apr 2019 - 8:00AM

But Leung, now vice-chair of the national advisory body, warns of challenges managing airspace in Greater Bay Area.

Former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying calls for more pilots and more routes from the airport, amid Greater Bay Area and Belt and Road Initiative projects
Real reason for mysterious departure of Hong Kong’s immigration chief in 1996 finally revealed – his links with people involved in organised crime

Laurence Leung was forced to quit as director of immigration in July 1996 because of his close friendship with a man engaged in money laundering overseas, newly declassified records show.

31 Mar 2019 - 9:17AM

Laurence Leung was forced to quit as director of immigration in July 1996 because of his close friendship with a man engaged in money laundering overseas, newly declassified records show.

Real reason for mysterious departure of Hong Kong’s immigration chief in 1996 finally revealed – his links with people involved in organised crime
14 streets in central Hong Kong to be covered by pilot electronic road pricing scheme, government paper says – but then document withdrawn for ‘technical reasons’

The Transport and Housing Bureau paper submitted to Central and Western District Council revealed for the first time details of the scheme, which the government started studying in the 1980s and again re-examined in 2017.

29 Mar 2019 - 9:22AM

The Transport and Housing Bureau paper submitted to Central and Western District Council revealed for the first time details of the scheme, which the government started studying in the 1980s and again re-examined in 2017.

14 streets in central Hong Kong to be covered by pilot electronic road pricing scheme, government paper says – but then document withdrawn for ‘technical reasons’
Change the model for building rail projects, commission of inquiry tells Hong Kong government

The current ‘concession model’, under which the Sha Tin-Central Link is being built, has been blamed for cost overruns.

26 Mar 2019 - 11:01PM

The current ‘concession model’, under which the Sha Tin-Central Link is being built, has been blamed for cost overruns.

Change the model for building rail projects, commission of inquiry tells Hong Kong government
Builders on HK$97 billion Sha Tin-Central link did cut corners but public safety was never threatened, says Hong Kong commission of inquiry

Commission of inquiry rules Leighton Contractors (Asia) did not complete work as planned, but public safety was never threatened and platforms at Hung Hom station do not need to be rebuilt.

27 Mar 2019 - 12:03AM

Commission of inquiry rules Leighton Contractors (Asia) did not complete work as planned, but public safety was never threatened and platforms at Hung Hom station do not need to be rebuilt.

Builders on HK$97 billion Sha Tin-Central link did cut corners but public safety was never threatened, says Hong Kong commission of inquiry
Controversial proposal to revamp cross-harbour tunnel tolls in Hong Kong likely to be shelved before reaching legislature

If the motion is withdrawn this time, the government will not retable it again until it takes back ownership of the Western Harbour Tunnel in 2023, source says

25 Mar 2019 - 10:45PM

If the motion is withdrawn this time, the government will not retable it again until it takes back ownership of the Western Harbour Tunnel in 2023, source says

Controversial proposal to revamp cross-harbour tunnel tolls in Hong Kong likely to be shelved before reaching legislature
Bill to cap rents for shops at Hong Kong public housing estates clears first hurdle but battle remains to get support from lawmakers for it

Regina Ip’s bill, which aims to limit rent increases at malls managed by the Link Reit, was given the go-ahead by the Justice Department’s law-drafting division, but Ip faces a tough battle getting lawmakers to back it.

25 Mar 2019 - 9:10PM

Regina Ip’s bill, which aims to limit rent increases at malls managed by the Link Reit, was given the go-ahead by the Justice Department’s law-drafting division, but Ip faces a tough battle getting lawmakers to back it.

Bill to cap rents for shops at Hong Kong public housing estates clears first hurdle but battle remains to get support from lawmakers for it
New book of photography opens window to Hong Kong’s colonial past

Veteran photojournalist Wong Kan-tai focused on collection of files from the National Archives in London for his book, Secret 1842-1997, which includes the father of President Xi Jinping, and former governor Sir Murray MacLehose.

24 Mar 2019 - 2:00PM

Veteran photojournalist Wong Kan-tai focused on collection of files from the National Archives in London for his book, Secret 1842-1997, which includes the father of President Xi Jinping, and former governor Sir Murray MacLehose.

New book of photography opens window to Hong Kong’s colonial past
Hong Kong to consider dropping certain white-collar crimes from extradition agreement with Taiwan, Macau and the mainland
  • Government adviser says the exclusion of some economic crimes could be done without major redrafting of the bill.
20 Mar 2019 - 11:28PM
  • Government adviser says the exclusion of some economic crimes could be done without major redrafting of the bill.
Hong Kong to consider dropping certain white-collar crimes from extradition agreement with Taiwan, Macau and the mainland
Hire a third-party consultant to review signalling system after crash, former Hong Kong transport minister Anthony Cheung tells MTR Corp

Anthony Cheung insists on need to find any systemic flaws, but rejects calls for supplier to be taken off the job.

20 Mar 2019 - 10:48AM

Anthony Cheung insists on need to find any systemic flaws, but rejects calls for supplier to be taken off the job.

Hire a third-party consultant to review signalling system after crash, former Hong Kong transport minister Anthony Cheung tells MTR Corp
Signalling system blamed for Hong Kong MTR collision was also behind 2017 crash at Joo Koon station on Singapore MRT

SelTrac, developed by French company Thales, is being tested on one line on Hong Kong’s rail network, and is to be installed on seven. It was also blamed for a 2017 collision at Singapore’s Joo Koon station, which injured 38 people.

18 Mar 2019 - 11:00PM

SelTrac, developed by French company Thales, is being tested on one line on Hong Kong’s rail network, and is to be installed on seven. It was also blamed for a 2017 collision at Singapore’s Joo Koon station, which injured 38 people.

Signalling system blamed for Hong Kong MTR collision was also behind 2017 crash at Joo Koon station on Singapore MRT
Editor of new book highlighting achievements of China’s Nobel and Lasker award winners hopes stories will inspire young

Laurence Chan, who teaches at the University of Colorado, co-wrote book about Chinese triumphs in science and literature.

17 Mar 2019 - 9:26PM

Laurence Chan, who teaches at the University of Colorado, co-wrote book about Chinese triumphs in science and literature.

Editor of new book highlighting achievements of China’s Nobel and Lasker award winners hopes stories will inspire young
‘Taxi riots’ and angry notes to London: how former Hong Kong transport boss Alan Scott drove head-on into controversy

A two-day taxi strike shut down the city in 1984 after Alan Scott unveiled a plan to drastically increase the vehicle tax.

10 Mar 2019 - 9:09PM

A two-day taxi strike shut down the city in 1984 after Alan Scott unveiled a plan to drastically increase the vehicle tax.

‘Taxi riots’ and angry notes to London: how former Hong Kong transport boss Alan Scott drove head-on into controversy
Electronic road pricing needed to keep traffic moving on Hong Kong’s congested roads, says former transport chief who first pushed scheme more than 30 years ago

Remarks by Alan Scott, secretary for transport from 1982 to 1985, come as the government plans to put forward proposals for an electronic road pricing pilot scheme in Central in the first half of this year for consultation.

10 Mar 2019 - 9:09PM

Remarks by Alan Scott, secretary for transport from 1982 to 1985, come as the government plans to put forward proposals for an electronic road pricing pilot scheme in Central in the first half of this year for consultation.

Electronic road pricing needed to keep traffic moving on Hong Kong’s congested roads, says former transport chief who first pushed scheme more than 30 years ago
West Kowloon Cultural District hopes high-speed rail link attracts visitors from mainland China to boost audience numbers

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority chairman Henry Tang says discussions are under way with mainland railway bosses to tweak schedules to draw day trippers in. The arts hub is a short walk from West Kowloon high-speed rail terminus.

5 Mar 2019 - 8:56PM

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority chairman Henry Tang says discussions are under way with mainland railway bosses to tweak schedules to draw day trippers in. The arts hub is a short walk from West Kowloon high-speed rail terminus.

West Kowloon Cultural District hopes high-speed rail link attracts visitors from mainland China to boost audience numbers
Beijing blasts ‘distortion and defamation’ after US Consul Kurt Tong questions Hong Kong’s autonomy

Top US diplomat in Hong Kong says Beijing is ‘intimately’ involved in the city’s decision-making, drawing fierce criticism from pro-establishment camp.

2 Mar 2019 - 10:20AM

Top US diplomat in Hong Kong says Beijing is ‘intimately’ involved in the city’s decision-making, drawing fierce criticism from pro-establishment camp.

Beijing blasts ‘distortion and defamation’ after US Consul Kurt Tong questions Hong Kong’s autonomy
Opinion | Hong Kong finance chief Paul Chan finally seems to be finding his feet after tough start in job

Financial secretary’s third budget was generally well received by political parties and lawmakers, despite the perennial criticism that more could have been done for those in need.

28 Feb 2019 - 7:59AM

Financial secretary’s third budget was generally well received by political parties and lawmakers, despite the perennial criticism that more could have been done for those in need.

Hong Kong finance chief Paul Chan finally seems to be finding his feet after tough start in job
Formative SCMP chief executive Lyn Holloway dies after lifetime leading Hong Kong and Singapore newspapers

His friends remember him as a ‘natural diplomat’ and a lover of the newsroom

25 Feb 2019 - 10:57PM

His friends remember him as a ‘natural diplomat’ and a lover of the newsroom

Formative SCMP chief executive Lyn Holloway dies after lifetime leading Hong Kong and Singapore newspapers
Will the budget offer placebos or potent cures for Hong Kong’s economic ills? Finance chief Paul Chan holds the prescription

City’s economy has suffered effects of trade war and mainland China’s slowing growth, but analysts say finance chief must resist the temptation for short-term pain relief.

27 Feb 2019 - 11:27AM

City’s economy has suffered effects of trade war and mainland China’s slowing growth, but analysts say finance chief must resist the temptation for short-term pain relief.

Will the budget offer placebos or potent cures for Hong Kong’s economic ills? Finance chief Paul Chan holds the prescription
Culture officials in Beijing studying Hong Kong arts hub chief Henry Tang’s proposal to stage all 367 Chinese operas at city’s new Xiqu Centre

If the ambitious plan was given the green light, the Xiqu Centre would be the first venue in the world to perform a complete set of Chinese operas.

18 Feb 2019 - 10:03AM

If the ambitious plan was given the green light, the Xiqu Centre would be the first venue in the world to perform a complete set of Chinese operas.

Culture officials in Beijing studying Hong Kong arts hub chief Henry Tang’s proposal to stage all 367 Chinese operas at city’s new Xiqu Centre
Hong Kong arts hub authority head mulls key question for West Kowloon Cultural District vineyard: Chardonnay or Merlot?

Former city chief secretary Henry Tang has been pushing for vision at West Kowloon Cultural District for past decade, saying wine is part of the arts and culture, and local climate can accommodate grape variety.

17 Feb 2019 - 11:27PM

Former city chief secretary Henry Tang has been pushing for vision at West Kowloon Cultural District for past decade, saying wine is part of the arts and culture, and local climate can accommodate grape variety.

Hong Kong arts hub authority head mulls key question for West Kowloon Cultural District vineyard: Chardonnay or Merlot?
Legco ban on photocopying files of Hong Kong immigration chief’s curious 1996 exit is ridiculous, former Government Records Service director says

More than 20 years after Legco inquiry into mysterious sacking of Laurence Leung, documents on the episode have finally been released, but a block on the public making photocopies is strange and unwarranted, ex-director of official records Simon Chu says.

17 Feb 2019 - 9:51PM

More than 20 years after Legco inquiry into mysterious sacking of Laurence Leung, documents on the episode have finally been released, but a block on the public making photocopies is strange and unwarranted, ex-director of official records Simon Chu says.

Legco ban on photocopying files of Hong Kong immigration chief’s curious 1996 exit is ridiculous, former Government Records Service director says
Fugitives face extradition to Macau, Taiwan and mainland China under Hong Kong government proposal to amend law this year

The policy change is aimed at plugging loopholes exposed by a homicide case in which Taiwanese authorities were unable to prosecute a Hongkonger accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend in Taipei.

17 Mar 2019 - 3:34PM

The policy change is aimed at plugging loopholes exposed by a homicide case in which Taiwanese authorities were unable to prosecute a Hongkonger accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend in Taipei.

Fugitives face extradition to Macau, Taiwan and mainland China under Hong Kong government proposal to amend law this year
After four years and 25 ‘interim replies’ Hong Kong Legco staff finally release records on mysterious 1996 departure of city’s immigration chief

The Post filed an access-to-information request in 2015 regarding the departure of Laurence Leung Ming-yin, who was asked to quit over investments on the mainland, but some believe this was a cover story.

4 Feb 2019 - 4:11PM

The Post filed an access-to-information request in 2015 regarding the departure of Laurence Leung Ming-yin, who was asked to quit over investments on the mainland, but some believe this was a cover story.

After four years and 25 ‘interim replies’ Hong Kong Legco staff finally release records on mysterious 1996 departure of city’s immigration chief
How Irish missionary Father Alfred Deignan shaped former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang and generations of the city’s elite
  • Tsang was serving time in Stanley Prison when he heard of the Jesuit educator’s death. Former chief executive spent his formative years at elite boys’ school Wah Yan College, and tells of how principal Deignan was inspirational
2 Feb 2019 - 10:27AM
  • Tsang was serving time in Stanley Prison when he heard of the Jesuit educator’s death. Former chief executive spent his formative years at elite boys’ school Wah Yan College, and tells of how principal Deignan was inspirational
How Irish missionary Father Alfred Deignan shaped former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang and generations of the city’s elite
Beijing rejects Hong Kong leader’s plan to strengthen anti-corruption laws that would target gifts for the chief executive

Central government will not accept enacting legislation in Hong Kong to extend anti-bribery law to govern the chief executive, whom Beijing appoints.

30 Jan 2019 - 10:55PM

Central government will not accept enacting legislation in Hong Kong to extend anti-bribery law to govern the chief executive, whom Beijing appoints.

Beijing rejects Hong Kong leader’s plan to strengthen anti-corruption laws that would target gifts for the chief executive
Hong Kong prepares for Beijing’s 14th five-year plan earlier than usual, marking proactive approach to role in country’s development

Constitutional affairs chief Patrick Nip reaches out to think tanks for views more than two years before next phase set to be endorsed by state legislature.

28 Jan 2019 - 8:01AM

Constitutional affairs chief Patrick Nip reaches out to think tanks for views more than two years before next phase set to be endorsed by state legislature.

Hong Kong prepares for Beijing’s 14th five-year plan earlier than usual, marking proactive approach to role in country’s development