Natalie Wong

Hong Kong

Natalie Wong

Natalie Wong covers Hong Kong politics, Hong Kong-mainland issues and social policies. Before joining the Post in 2019 as senior reporter, she worked for i-Cable News (HK), BBC Chinese (London) and the Standard (HK). She holds a master’s degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Hong Kong leader back-pedals on suggestion for Housing Authority to pay for subsidies, urges wider adoption of new building technique

Carrie Lam had previously suggested the authority cover cash handouts paid to families on the years-long waiting list for public flats.

Carrie Lam had previously suggested the authority cover cash handouts paid to families on the years-long waiting list for public flats.

Hong Kong leader back-pedals on suggestion for Housing Authority to pay for subsidies, urges wider adoption of new building technique
12 Oct 2021 - 11:09PM
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she scored 96 per cent for policy address promises. Is she right?

The chief executive is expected to seek a second term but has so far refused to confirm her candidacy.

The chief executive is expected to seek a second term but has so far refused to confirm her candidacy.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she scored 96 per cent for policy address promises. Is she right?
12 Oct 2021 - 8:16AM
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam pushes flea markets, eco-tours in Unesco Global Geopark, as part of tourism drive to develop eastern border

Opening up Sha Tau Kok and Mirs Bay to visiting vessels from Shenzhen is one example of how economical potential can be tapped in area, she says.

Opening up Sha Tau Kok and Mirs Bay to visiting vessels from Shenzhen is one example of how economical potential can be tapped in area, she says.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam pushes flea markets, eco-tours in Unesco Global Geopark, as part of tourism drive to develop eastern border
10 Oct 2021 - 12:07AM
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam floats biggest government restructuring in 14 years, but admits it won’t happen by end of term

The ambitious plan would see the creation of a totally new bureau, the splitting of another and the reorganisation of two more.

The ambitious plan would see the creation of a totally new bureau, the splitting of another and the reorganisation of two more.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam floats biggest government restructuring in 14 years, but admits it won’t happen by end of term
6 Oct 2021 - 11:37PM
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam ‘not involved’ in deciding whether Tiananmen crackdown statue can remain on university campus

Chief executive says she will not interfere in the University of Hong Kong’s affairs despite being its chancellor, and that artistic and academic freedoms have been safeguarded.

Chief executive says she will not interfere in the University of Hong Kong’s affairs despite being its chancellor, and that artistic and academic freedoms have been safeguarded.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam ‘not involved’ in deciding whether Tiananmen crackdown statue can remain on university campus
5 Oct 2021 - 11:29PM
Carrie Lam’s policy address: Hong Kong leader to create urban affairs department as part of government restructuring

Under the move, street-cleaning services will be shifted away from Food and Environmental Hygiene Department.

Under the move, street-cleaning services will be shifted away from Food and Environmental Hygiene Department.

Carrie Lam’s policy address: Hong Kong leader to create urban affairs department as part of government restructuring
4 Oct 2021 - 11:30PM
Carrie Lam’s policy address: will Hong Kong have a new culture and sports bureau? Whose interests will it serve?

While a single bureau would cut red-tape, creating a vibrant cultural scene requires much more than streamlining departments, analysts and artists say.

While a single bureau would cut red-tape, creating a vibrant cultural scene requires much more than streamlining departments, analysts and artists say.

Carrie Lam’s policy address: will Hong Kong have a new culture and sports bureau? Whose interests will it serve?
4 Oct 2021 - 8:11PM
University of Hong Kong president Xiang Zhang already approved for second term

The exceptionally early announcement that Zhang would stick around comes nearly two years before his current term is set to end.

The exceptionally early announcement that Zhang would stick around comes nearly two years before his current term is set to end.

University of Hong Kong president Xiang Zhang already approved for second term
3 Oct 2021 - 9:22PM
National security law: Hong Kong’s biggest opposition trade union votes by overwhelming majority to disband

Membership votes in favour of dissolving, closing the curtains on the confederation’s 31 years in operation.

Membership votes in favour of dissolving, closing the curtains on the confederation’s 31 years in operation.

National security law: Hong Kong’s biggest opposition trade union votes by overwhelming majority to disband
3 Oct 2021 - 10:55PM
Fight club: Hong Kong Election Committee members strategise to sweep 40 seats for ‘patriot’ lawmakers

Former city leaders Tung, Leung among likely candidates for chief convenor of powerful committee, as pro-establishment parties go all out to get members elected lawmakers via Election Committee route.

Former city leaders Tung, Leung among likely candidates for chief convenor of powerful committee, as pro-establishment parties go all out to get members elected lawmakers via Election Committee route.

Fight club: Hong Kong Election Committee members strategise to sweep 40 seats for ‘patriot’ lawmakers
27 Sep 2021 - 10:20AM
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam praises Beijing-issued list of US ‘violations’

Lam says the catalogue of alleged interference in Hong Kong affairs will help residents understand Washington’s ‘hegemonic acts … and resent them’.

Lam says the catalogue of alleged interference in Hong Kong affairs will help residents understand Washington’s ‘hegemonic acts … and resent them’.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam praises Beijing-issued list of US ‘violations’
26 Sep 2021 - 11:39AM
National security law: Hong Kong group behind June 4 Tiananmen vigil passes resolution to disband

Leaders of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China had earlier decided on the move.

Leaders of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China had earlier decided on the move.

National security law: Hong Kong group behind June 4 Tiananmen vigil passes resolution to disband
26 Sep 2021 - 2:21AM
How it all went wrong in counting votes for key Hong Kong Election Committee poll

It took 9 hours for authorities to announce results for first of 13 Election Committee subsectors, one that involved just 55 votes.

It took 9 hours for authorities to announce results for first of 13 Election Committee subsectors, one that involved just 55 votes.

How it all went wrong in counting votes for key Hong Kong Election Committee poll
21 Sep 2021 - 10:38AM
Hong Kong’s Election Committee finalised after marathon vote-counting process, with outlier candidates left in the cold

Analysis indicates only those who ran together on so-called coordinated lists achieved success; officials apologise for ‘unreasonable time’ spent tallying votes.

Analysis indicates only those who ran together on so-called coordinated lists achieved success; officials apologise for ‘unreasonable time’ spent tallying votes.

Hong Kong’s Election Committee finalised after marathon vote-counting process, with outlier candidates left in the cold
21 Sep 2021 - 8:02AM
Hong Kong elections: long delay in vote counting mars city’s first ‘patriots-only’ polls under Beijing overhaul

Senior officials laud elections as an important milestone for city to start over and reform governance after 2019 protests.

Senior officials laud elections as an important milestone for city to start over and reform governance after 2019 protests.

Hong Kong elections: long delay in vote counting mars city’s first ‘patriots-only’ polls under Beijing overhaul
20 Sep 2021 - 9:14AM
Explainer | Hong Kong elections: 5 things to watch out for in Sunday’s polls, the first since Beijing’s system overhaul

Performance of the only two opposition candidates, new polling station technology and which state leader will take top role – some key questions surrounding historic Election Committee contest.

Performance of the only two opposition candidates, new polling station technology and which state leader will take top role – some key questions surrounding historic Election Committee contest.

Hong Kong elections: 5 things to watch out for in Sunday’s polls, the first since Beijing’s system overhaul
18 Sep 2021 - 1:49PM
Hong Kong elections: why did Beijing order the city’s tycoons and ultra loyalists to take to the streets?

Observers say directive was to boost engagement in Sunday’s Election Committee polls, and to better connect the powerful with the public.

Observers say directive was to boost engagement in Sunday’s Election Committee polls, and to better connect the powerful with the public.

Hong Kong elections: why did Beijing order the city’s tycoons and ultra loyalists to take to the streets?
17 Sep 2021 - 12:52PM
Hong Kong Election Committee polls: hundreds of prominent members and tycoons in street outreach, but bid seen as ‘publicity stunt’

Most are prominent businessmen and Beijing loyalists who have been returned to the powerful political body uncontested, with critics questioning usefulness of campaign.

Most are prominent businessmen and Beijing loyalists who have been returned to the powerful political body uncontested, with critics questioning usefulness of campaign.

Hong Kong Election Committee polls: hundreds of prominent members and tycoons in street outreach, but bid seen as ‘publicity stunt’
17 Sep 2021 - 6:52PM
Explainer | Beijing’s master plans for Hong Kong and Macau are so different from each other. Here’s why

The road maps for the two special administrative regions set out ambitious political goals, as well as economic ones.

The road maps for the two special administrative regions set out ambitious political goals, as well as economic ones.

Beijing’s master plans for Hong Kong and Macau are so different from each other. Here’s why
8 Sep 2021 - 11:03PM
‘Kingmakers’ no more: Hong Kong tycoons’ influence curbed as ‘no more than 2’ family members can join Election Committee

Insiders reveal behind-the-scenes move as Beijing seeks more ‘balanced participation’ in polls for greatly empowered body.

Insiders reveal behind-the-scenes move as Beijing seeks more ‘balanced participation’ in polls for greatly empowered body.

‘Kingmakers’ no more: Hong Kong tycoons’ influence curbed as ‘no more than 2’ family members can join Election Committee
8 Sep 2021 - 2:06PM
Hong Kong’s biggest teachers’ union to hold special meeting to vote on disbanding and liquidation

Professional Teachers’ Union has already agreed to sell a property which housed one of its two supermarkets to a medical group for HK$175 million.

Professional Teachers’ Union has already agreed to sell a property which housed one of its two supermarkets to a medical group for HK$175 million.

Hong Kong’s biggest teachers’ union to hold special meeting to vote on disbanding and liquidation
4 Sep 2021 - 11:03PM
Hong Kong police probe into Tiananmen Square vigil organisers not a ‘crackdown on civil society’, Carrie Lam says

The investigation into the group, which has announced plans to disband, comes amid a flurry of closures of major opposition-leaning bodies.

The investigation into the group, which has announced plans to disband, comes amid a flurry of closures of major opposition-leaning bodies.

Hong Kong police probe into Tiananmen Square vigil organisers not a ‘crackdown on civil society’, Carrie Lam says
31 Aug 2021 - 11:12PM
Beijing delegation’s visit to Hong Kong much more than a briefing on economic development

On the surface, high-profile meetings appeared to simply be about city’s role in China’s 14th five-year plan, but analysts say messaging also focused on displeasure with failure to push forward policies or see the big picture.

On the surface, high-profile meetings appeared to simply be about city’s role in China’s 14th five-year plan, but analysts say messaging also focused on displeasure with failure to push forward policies or see the big picture.

Beijing delegation’s visit to Hong Kong much more than a briefing on economic development
26 Aug 2021 - 9:54AM
Hong Kong exodus nothing to do with national security law, says senior Beijing official, adding that legislation has restored order

Huang Liuquan, a deputy director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, wraps up four-day visit to city by saying legislation has restored order, put city’s development back on track.

Huang Liuquan, a deputy director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, wraps up four-day visit to city by saying legislation has restored order, put city’s development back on track.

Hong Kong exodus nothing to do with national security law, says senior Beijing official, adding that legislation has restored order
26 Aug 2021 - 2:18AM
Top Beijing official tells Hong Kong young people to embrace work opportunities in mainland China

Huang Liuquan, from nation’s top body overseeing Hong Kong, says language skills, international outlook of city’s youth give them competitive edge on mainland.

Huang Liuquan, from nation’s top body overseeing Hong Kong, says language skills, international outlook of city’s youth give them competitive edge on mainland.

Top Beijing official tells Hong Kong young people to embrace work opportunities in mainland China
25 Aug 2021 - 5:20PM
Hong Kong’s role in opening China’s economy to the world ‘not replaceable’, key Beijing official assures investors

But city must also be more proactive in integrating with the mainland’s development, HKMAO’s Huang Liuquan tells group of business leaders.

But city must also be more proactive in integrating with the mainland’s development, HKMAO’s Huang Liuquan tells group of business leaders.

Hong Kong’s role in opening China’s economy to the world ‘not replaceable’, key Beijing official assures investors
24 Aug 2021 - 11:13PM
Hong Kong should let investors trade Hang Seng Index stocks in renminbi, ex-monetary chief says

Move would bolster the internationalisation of the currency, a goal laid down in China’s latest five-year plan, Joseph Yam argues.

Move would bolster the internationalisation of the currency, a goal laid down in China’s latest five-year plan, Joseph Yam argues.

Hong Kong should let investors trade Hang Seng Index stocks in renminbi, ex-monetary chief says
23 Aug 2021 - 11:28PM
Key Beijing official overseeing Hong Kong affairs praises Carrie Lam administration’s ‘stabilising’ of society, efforts to solve deep-rooted problems

Local government can ‘lead the city’s development from a new historical starting point’ under Lam’s leadership, HKMAO’s Huang Liuquan says

Local government can ‘lead the city’s development from a new historical starting point’ under Lam’s leadership, HKMAO’s Huang Liuquan says

Key Beijing official overseeing Hong Kong affairs praises Carrie Lam administration’s ‘stabilising’ of society, efforts to solve deep-rooted problems
23 Aug 2021 - 11:18PM
Council member of Hong Kong’s largest lawyers’ association withdraws re-election bid, citing safety fears as group makes police report over ‘threats’

Liberal candidate Jonathan Ross cites unspecified safety fears, laments ‘shameful and sad day for Hong Kong’.

Liberal candidate Jonathan Ross cites unspecified safety fears, laments ‘shameful and sad day for Hong Kong’.

Council member of Hong Kong’s largest lawyers’ association withdraws re-election bid, citing safety fears as group makes police report over ‘threats’
22 Aug 2021 - 11:31AM
Group behind Tiananmen vigil in Hong Kong to hold discussion on future ‘in days’

Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China latest organisation to consider disbanding.

Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China latest organisation to consider disbanding.

Group behind Tiananmen vigil in Hong Kong to hold discussion on future ‘in days’
21 Aug 2021 - 11:21PM