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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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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

13 Feb 2019 - 8:31AM
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.

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
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.

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
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
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
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.

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
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.

Anthem law not aimed at forcing patriotism, Hong Kong constitutional affairs chief assures

Patrick Nip says the last thing he wants is to prosecute people who disrespect March of the Volunteers, stressing that city’s legislation is not a ‘cut-and-paste’ version of mainland law.

21 Jan 2019 - 10:53AM
Anthem law not aimed at forcing patriotism, Hong Kong constitutional affairs chief assures

Patrick Nip says the last thing he wants is to prosecute people who disrespect March of the Volunteers, stressing that city’s legislation is not a ‘cut-and-paste’ version of mainland law.

Public policy think tank SynergyNet to close after 17 years from lack of funds and unfavourable environment in Hong Kong

Founded by former housing minister Anthony Cheung in 2002, the think tank has ceased operations since September.

20 Jan 2019 - 9:46PM
Public policy think tank SynergyNet to close after 17 years from lack of funds and unfavourable environment in Hong Kong

Founded by former housing minister Anthony Cheung in 2002, the think tank has ceased operations since September.

Hong Kong soccer fans risk paying penalty on Chinese national anthem law

Proposed law will make insulting Chinese anthem a crime, but what will happen if thousands boo song together or turn their backs on national flag at soccer match?

15 Jan 2019 - 8:34AM
Hong Kong soccer fans risk paying penalty on Chinese national anthem law

Proposed law will make insulting Chinese anthem a crime, but what will happen if thousands boo song together or turn their backs on national flag at soccer match?

British Foreign Office was told to size up the risk of Chinese takeover of Hong Kong ahead of 1997, archives show

Hong Kong governor Chris Patten reported to London in 1993 that the PLA’s Guangzhou military command had been tasked with drawing up contingency plans. Former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping had previously made the threat that China might take the city in a 1982 meeting with Margaret Thatcher.

13 Jan 2019 - 8:59PM
British Foreign Office was told to size up the risk of Chinese takeover of Hong Kong ahead of 1997, archives show

Hong Kong governor Chris Patten reported to London in 1993 that the PLA’s Guangzhou military command had been tasked with drawing up contingency plans. Former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping had previously made the threat that China might take the city in a 1982 meeting with Margaret Thatcher.

Take the reins on Hong Kong land supply, city leader Carrie Lam urged

Task force members say current structure is not transparent and does not cover all the city’s policy needs.

10 Jan 2019 - 8:40AM
Take the reins on Hong Kong land supply, city leader Carrie Lam urged

Task force members say current structure is not transparent and does not cover all the city’s policy needs.

Declassified files reveal disagreement between Chris Patten and British government over how to deal with China before Hong Kong handover in 1997

Governor was at odds with country’s own diplomats when it came to negotiating tactics ahead of 1997 handover, but his electoral reform proposals angered Beijing and 1993 talks ultimately collapsed.

5 Jan 2019 - 10:14AM
Declassified files reveal disagreement between Chris Patten and British government over how to deal with China before Hong Kong handover in 1997

Governor was at odds with country’s own diplomats when it came to negotiating tactics ahead of 1997 handover, but his electoral reform proposals angered Beijing and 1993 talks ultimately collapsed.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s former father-in-law, diplomat Ke Hua, dies in Beijing at age 103

Ke, Beijing’s former envoy in London, was involved in the early stages of Sino-British talks on Hong Kong’s future in the 1980s.

4 Jan 2019 - 3:30AM
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s former father-in-law, diplomat Ke Hua, dies in Beijing at age 103

Ke, Beijing’s former envoy in London, was involved in the early stages of Sino-British talks on Hong Kong’s future in the 1980s.

Critics in Hong Kong slam slow progress of work to allow cyclists to use Kwun Tong flyover with road sign still in place one year after plan touted

The Hong Kong Cycling Alliance says the time taken to abolish the ‘bicycle prohibition zone’ on the Choi Ha Road flyover in Kwun Tong is outrageous.

2 Jan 2019 - 10:27AM
Critics in Hong Kong slam slow progress of work to allow cyclists to use Kwun Tong flyover with road sign still in place one year after plan touted

The Hong Kong Cycling Alliance says the time taken to abolish the ‘bicycle prohibition zone’ on the Choi Ha Road flyover in Kwun Tong is outrageous.

David Wilson was forced out as governor of Hong Kong by British prime minister John Major despite objections from Executive Council, new declassified files reveal

John Major reportedly wanted politician, not career diplomat, to run city in the run-up to handover to China, but decision did not go down well locally, newly declassified files reveal.

2 Jan 2019 - 11:06PM
David Wilson was forced out as governor of Hong Kong by British prime minister John Major despite objections from Executive Council, new declassified files reveal

John Major reportedly wanted politician, not career diplomat, to run city in the run-up to handover to China, but decision did not go down well locally, newly declassified files reveal.

Hong Kong task force’s eight options to free up land: can they overcome myriad hurdles?

Housing and land supply are among the most contentious issues in Hong Kong and there are divergent views among different stakeholders.

2 Jan 2019 - 11:05AM
Hong Kong task force’s eight options to free up land: can they overcome myriad hurdles?

Housing and land supply are among the most contentious issues in Hong Kong and there are divergent views among different stakeholders.

After Tiananmen crackdown, Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew said 200,000 influential Hongkongers should ‘band together’ and bargain if Beijing interfered in city’s affairs

Declassified British files show Lee told Margaret Thatcher he met delegation of Hong Kong Exco and Legco members in 1989.

28 Dec 2018 - 7:10PM
After Tiananmen crackdown, Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew said 200,000 influential Hongkongers should ‘band together’ and bargain if Beijing interfered in city’s affairs

Declassified British files show Lee told Margaret Thatcher he met delegation of Hong Kong Exco and Legco members in 1989.

Margaret Thatcher sought meeting with ousted liberal Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang in 1991, declassified files show

Iron Lady was admirer of former premier Zhao Ziyang, who fell from grace in 1989.

28 Dec 2018 - 5:21PM
Margaret Thatcher sought meeting with ousted liberal Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang in 1991, declassified files show

Iron Lady was admirer of former premier Zhao Ziyang, who fell from grace in 1989.

Beijing secretly invited former Hong Kong No 2 Anson Chan to meet Chinese premier Li Peng in 1993, after collapse of Sino-British talks on electoral reform

Recently declassified British files show UK also tried to establish dialogue between city’s then chief secretary and Chinese government.

28 Dec 2018 - 8:09AM
Beijing secretly invited former Hong Kong No 2 Anson Chan to meet Chinese premier Li Peng in 1993, after collapse of Sino-British talks on electoral reform

Recently declassified British files show UK also tried to establish dialogue between city’s then chief secretary and Chinese government.

An army of doctors to reform medicine in China: the 130-year history of the faculty of medicine at the University of Hong Kong

New book covers intriguing story of respected faculty, which counts Sun Yat-sen among graduates and later weathered Japanese occupation.

24 Dec 2018 - 6:32AM
An army of doctors to reform medicine in China: the 130-year history of the faculty of medicine at the University of Hong Kong

New book covers intriguing story of respected faculty, which counts Sun Yat-sen among graduates and later weathered Japanese occupation.

Government-appointed land supply task force gives its support to controversial Lantau Island land reclamation plan

In a report to be submitted this month, the Task Force on Land Supply says the East Lantau metropolis is a ‘key’ solution to city’s land shortage. It also urges the government to address issues regarding the proposed scheme, particularly environmental ones.

21 Dec 2018 - 11:09PM
Government-appointed land supply task force gives its support to controversial Lantau Island land reclamation plan

In a report to be submitted this month, the Task Force on Land Supply says the East Lantau metropolis is a ‘key’ solution to city’s land shortage. It also urges the government to address issues regarding the proposed scheme, particularly environmental ones.

Yuan Mu, Chinese government spokesman who said no one had been killed in Tiananmen Square, dies aged 90

The official gained international notoriety following his defence of the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in the Chinese capital in June 1989.

18 Dec 2018 - 1:00AM
Yuan Mu, Chinese government spokesman who said no one had been killed in Tiananmen Square, dies aged 90

The official gained international notoriety following his defence of the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in the Chinese capital in June 1989.

US-China trade war ‘just tip of iceberg’ hiding deeper problems in bilateral relationship, says Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma

Executive chairman of e-commerce giant said he had sensed trade frictions were looming during US presidential election in 2016.

12 Dec 2018 - 11:15PM
US-China trade war ‘just tip of iceberg’ hiding deeper problems in bilateral relationship, says Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma

Executive chairman of e-commerce giant said he had sensed trade frictions were looming during US presidential election in 2016.

Father Alfred Deignan, former Hong Kong Jesuit head and ex-principal of elite Wah Yan schools, dies at age 91

Dedicated to educating young people in the city, Deignan was also warden of Ricci Hall at HKU between 1970 and 1978.

11 Dec 2018 - 8:28PM
Father Alfred Deignan, former Hong Kong Jesuit head and ex-principal of elite Wah Yan schools, dies at age 91

Dedicated to educating young people in the city, Deignan was also warden of Ricci Hall at HKU between 1970 and 1978.

Memorial service for former Hong Kong politician Florence Hui to be held next Sunday

Hong Kong’s former undersecretary of home affairs died after battle with breast cancer, as close friend outlines Hui’s hope to ‘meaningful things’ with the time she had left.

7 Dec 2018 - 7:22PM
Memorial service for former Hong Kong politician Florence Hui to be held next Sunday

Hong Kong’s former undersecretary of home affairs died after battle with breast cancer, as close friend outlines Hui’s hope to ‘meaningful things’ with the time she had left.

Musician, eye surgeon and a politician who married an actress, Patrick Ho led a varied, eventful life before bribery scandal

Many remember Ho, who went to the US to study music but became a prominent eye surgeon instead, picking an ominous Kau Chim fortune stick during Lunar New Year 2003, the year of Sars.

8 Dec 2018 - 9:30AM
Musician, eye surgeon and a politician who married an actress, Patrick Ho led a varied, eventful life before bribery scandal

Many remember Ho, who went to the US to study music but became a prominent eye surgeon instead, picking an ominous Kau Chim fortune stick during Lunar New Year 2003, the year of Sars.

How shiny new University of Chicago campus in Hong Kong is remembering the dark past of site it’s built on, including notorious detention centre known as ‘the zoo’

Area that once held prisoners of 1967 riot in ‘subhuman conditions’ to host replica of an early 20th century British naval gun.

6 Dec 2018 - 9:39AM
How shiny new University of Chicago campus in Hong Kong is remembering the dark past of site it’s built on, including notorious detention centre known as ‘the zoo’

Area that once held prisoners of 1967 riot in ‘subhuman conditions’ to host replica of an early 20th century British naval gun.

Former Hong Kong undersecretary for home affairs Florence Hui Hiu-fai dies at 44

Hui, who was tipped in 2012 to become the city’s first culture minister, died on Monday morning, and is understood to have been suffering from breast cancer.

4 Dec 2018 - 1:45PM
Former Hong Kong undersecretary for home affairs Florence Hui Hiu-fai dies at 44

Hui, who was tipped in 2012 to become the city’s first culture minister, died on Monday morning, and is understood to have been suffering from breast cancer.

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