Tony Cheung

Tony Cheung became a political journalist in 2007. He joined the Post in 2012 and now leads the Hong Kong-mainland relations team on the Hong Kong desk. Tony also writes about the economy, and reports from mainland China, the United States, Germany and Britain. He is a Correspondent and Team Leader for the Hong Kong desk, covering cross-border issues.
Tony Cheung
Tony Cheung became a political journalist in 2007. He joined the Post in 2012 and now leads the Hong Kong-mainland relations team on the Hong Kong desk. Tony also writes about the economy, and reports from mainland China, the United States, Germany and Britain. He is a Correspondent and Team Leader for the Hong Kong desk, covering cross-border issues.

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Suspension of Hong Kong extradition bill is embarrassing to pro-establishment allies and could cost them at election time, camp insiders reveal

Parties voiced anger with Carrie Lam at closed-door meeting on Saturday, with some upset at being kept in dark regarding her plans.

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Parties voiced anger with Carrie Lam at closed-door meeting on Saturday, with some upset at being kept in dark regarding her plans.

Suspension of Hong Kong extradition bill is embarrassing to pro-establishment allies and could cost them at election time, camp insiders reveal
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam suspends extradition bill, but won’t apologise for rift it caused or withdraw it altogether

Chief executive refuses to apologise or resign and insists justification for bill was sound, but concedes there were inadequacies in her handling of affair.

15 Jun 2019 - 11:47PM

Chief executive refuses to apologise or resign and insists justification for bill was sound, but concedes there were inadequacies in her handling of affair.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam suspends extradition bill, but won’t apologise for rift it caused or withdraw it altogether
Government may pause Hong Kong extradition bill in face of more mass protests

Several heavyweight advisers tell Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam there is no need to stick to her self-imposed July deadline.

15 Jun 2019 - 10:36AM

Several heavyweight advisers tell Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam there is no need to stick to her self-imposed July deadline.

Government may pause Hong Kong extradition bill in face of more mass protests
US consul general in Hong Kong named as Hanscom Smith, replacing Kurt Tong as Washington’s top diplomat in city and Macau

America’s former senior representative in Shanghai starts the role next month amid US criticism of extradition bill

14 Jun 2019 - 11:32PM

America’s former senior representative in Shanghai starts the role next month amid US criticism of extradition bill

US consul general in Hong Kong named as Hanscom Smith, replacing Kurt Tong as Washington’s top diplomat in city and Macau
Hong Kong extradition bill: pro-Beijing lawmakers in no hurry to push contentious law through and could extend debate

Despite an earlier eagerness to have bill passed by next Thursday, the camp seems to have had a change of heart and is prepared to wait beyond July 1, sources say.

14 Jun 2019 - 10:11AM

Despite an earlier eagerness to have bill passed by next Thursday, the camp seems to have had a change of heart and is prepared to wait beyond July 1, sources say.

Hong Kong extradition bill: pro-Beijing lawmakers in no hurry to push contentious law through and could extend debate
What is behind Hong Kong’s anti-extradition protests?

Government’s divisive bill has prompted hundreds of thousands to take to the streets. Critics of bill say it could result in Hongkongers being sent to mainland China for trial, but the government says it is necessary.

13 Jun 2019 - 12:29PM

Government’s divisive bill has prompted hundreds of thousands to take to the streets. Critics of bill say it could result in Hongkongers being sent to mainland China for trial, but the government says it is necessary.

What is behind Hong Kong’s anti-extradition protests?
Tensions in Hong Kong on rise as city’s leader Carrie Lam gets death threats and more protests loom over extradition bill

City prepares for protests, strikes and more turmoil over extradition bill while chief executive, the justice secretary and their families receive death threats.

12 Jun 2019 - 2:52PM

City prepares for protests, strikes and more turmoil over extradition bill while chief executive, the justice secretary and their families receive death threats.

Tensions in Hong Kong on rise as city’s leader Carrie Lam gets death threats and more protests loom over extradition bill
Hong Kong’s extradition bill could pass next week as Legislative Council President Andrew Leung limits debate time

Pan-democrats furious as President Andrew Leung sets aside only 61 hours to debate bill, meaning it could be passed by June 20.

11 Jun 2019 - 7:55PM

Pan-democrats furious as President Andrew Leung sets aside only 61 hours to debate bill, meaning it could be passed by June 20.

Hong Kong’s extradition bill could pass next week as Legislative Council President Andrew Leung limits debate time
One extradition bill, hundreds of thousands of protesters: why is the Hong Kong government sticking to its guns and will the opposition relent?

Pro-establishment legislators close ranks with Hong Kong government, insisting contentious legislation ought to be given a chance.

11 Jun 2019 - 11:05AM

Pro-establishment legislators close ranks with Hong Kong government, insisting contentious legislation ought to be given a chance.

One extradition bill, hundreds of thousands of protesters: why is the Hong Kong government sticking to its guns and will the opposition relent?
Hong Kong extradition bill: justice chief backs human rights safeguards, but only on ad hoc basis

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng says ad hoc requirement would only be carried out after bill is passed by Legislative Council, and government is considering having observer to monitor treatment of fugitives sent abroad.

26 May 2019 - 11:22PM

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng says ad hoc requirement would only be carried out after bill is passed by Legislative Council, and government is considering having observer to monitor treatment of fugitives sent abroad.

Hong Kong extradition bill: justice chief backs human rights safeguards, but only on ad hoc basis
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam voices ‘strong objection’ to Germany granting asylum to Mong Kok riot fugitives Ray Wong and Alan Li

Carrie Lam makes strong complaint to Berlin’s top diplomat in city, questioning whether Germany’s move was based on facts.

24 May 2019 - 11:27PM

Carrie Lam makes strong complaint to Berlin’s top diplomat in city, questioning whether Germany’s move was based on facts.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam voices ‘strong objection’ to Germany granting asylum to Mong Kok riot fugitives Ray Wong and Alan Li
11 EU representatives meet Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to protest against controversial extradition bill as government gathers 100 officials to build united front

Sources say they asked the chief executive to add safeguards so the judiciary will take international human right standards into account in vetting fugitive transfer requests.

24 May 2019 - 11:27PM

Sources say they asked the chief executive to add safeguards so the judiciary will take international human right standards into account in vetting fugitive transfer requests.

11 EU representatives meet Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to protest against controversial extradition bill as government gathers 100 officials to build united front
Civil service unions endorse annual pay rises but call for review of mechanism so they can get more

Staff representatives said practice of discounting pay increments should be reviewed

23 May 2019 - 10:24PM

Staff representatives said practice of discounting pay increments should be reviewed

Civil service unions endorse annual pay rises but call for review of mechanism so they can get more
Hong Kong extradition bill: city’s leader hints that only requests from China’s top court or prosecutor will be accepted

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam says she hopes for ‘positive response’ to suggestion requests only come from China’s top court or prosecutor’s office, as she blasts pan-democrats for double-standards on foreign intervention.

22 May 2019 - 11:20PM

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam says she hopes for ‘positive response’ to suggestion requests only come from China’s top court or prosecutor’s office, as she blasts pan-democrats for double-standards on foreign intervention.

Hong Kong extradition bill: city’s leader hints that only requests from China’s top court or prosecutor will be accepted
Hong Kong residents being misled by extradition bill detractors, says former security chief Regina Ip, warning of possible US sanctions if contentious law is passed

Former security chief says government underestimated opposition to the bill and calls for it to be passed through Hong Kong’s legislature as soon as possible.

19 May 2019 - 11:05PM

Former security chief says government underestimated opposition to the bill and calls for it to be passed through Hong Kong’s legislature as soon as possible.

Hong Kong residents being misled by extradition bill detractors, says former security chief Regina Ip, warning of possible US sanctions if contentious law is passed
Beijing’s top man in Hong Kong lashes out at international critics of contentious extradition bill and vows to ‘take them on all the way’

Liaison office director Wang Zhimin singles out US Consul General Kurt Tong and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when accusing Western powers of ganging up on China, but vows to ‘take them on all the way’.

18 May 2019 - 5:46AM

Liaison office director Wang Zhimin singles out US Consul General Kurt Tong and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when accusing Western powers of ganging up on China, but vows to ‘take them on all the way’.

Beijing’s top man in Hong Kong lashes out at international critics of contentious extradition bill and vows to ‘take them on all the way’
Lawmaker caught expressing fear of upsetting Beijing over possible delays to national anthem bill in Hong Kong

Martin Liao’s unguarded comments during personal conversation with Horace Cheung picked up by meeting room microphone he thought was switched off.

17 May 2019 - 11:32PM

Martin Liao’s unguarded comments during personal conversation with Horace Cheung picked up by meeting room microphone he thought was switched off.

Lawmaker caught expressing fear of upsetting Beijing over possible delays to national anthem bill in Hong Kong
Hong Kong airport’s third runway project to get help with sand supplies from Guangdong and Guangxi provinces, city leader Carrie Lam says

Chief executive announces mainland Chinese help for project, which was delayed for four months by the suspension of sand supplies and bad weather. But legislator notes lack of details given about the plan.

16 May 2019 - 11:23PM

Chief executive announces mainland Chinese help for project, which was delayed for four months by the suspension of sand supplies and bad weather. But legislator notes lack of details given about the plan.

Hong Kong airport’s third runway project to get help with sand supplies from Guangdong and Guangxi provinces, city leader Carrie Lam says
Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam says it is ‘almost impossible’ to drop controversial extradition bill

Beijing’s liaison office in the city urges public not to heed rumours spread by the opposition. In the legislature, two sides again fail to break deadlock after short meeting.

17 May 2019 - 3:22AM

Beijing’s liaison office in the city urges public not to heed rumours spread by the opposition. In the legislature, two sides again fail to break deadlock after short meeting.

Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam says it is ‘almost impossible’ to drop controversial extradition bill
Hong Kong extradition bill: fears over mainland China’s judicial system need to be addressed, says Zhang Xiaoming, Beijing’s top official for the city

Zhang Xiaoming, head of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, was speaking to a Hong Kong delegation on Wednesday.

15 May 2019 - 11:28PM

Zhang Xiaoming, head of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, was speaking to a Hong Kong delegation on Wednesday.

Hong Kong extradition bill: fears over mainland China’s judicial system need to be addressed, says Zhang Xiaoming, Beijing’s top official for the city
Hong Kong leader stakes credibility on extradition bill – but impasse continues in Legislative Council

Carrie Lam faces her worst political crisis since taking office nearly two years ago, but expects to get the votes to pass the controversial legislation.

15 May 2019 - 9:29AM

Carrie Lam faces her worst political crisis since taking office nearly two years ago, but expects to get the votes to pass the controversial legislation.

Hong Kong leader stakes credibility on extradition bill – but impasse continues in Legislative Council
President of Macau’s Legislative Assembly Ho Iat-seng tipped to be city’s next chief executive and will probably run unopposed

Ho Iat-seng, a respected business leader, was expected to become chief executive in 2009 but decided to run for the legislature instead.

25 Apr 2019 - 7:00AM

Ho Iat-seng, a respected business leader, was expected to become chief executive in 2009 but decided to run for the legislature instead.

President of Macau’s Legislative Assembly Ho Iat-seng tipped to be city’s next chief executive and will probably run unopposed
China’s top legislative body accepts resignation of Macau deputy Ho Iat-seng, paving way for him to become casino hub’s next leader

NPC Standing Committee member Ho Iat-seng, 61, is expected to be the sole candidate in Macau’s chief executive election in August.

23 Apr 2019 - 8:38PM

NPC Standing Committee member Ho Iat-seng, 61, is expected to be the sole candidate in Macau’s chief executive election in August.

China’s top legislative body accepts resignation of Macau deputy Ho Iat-seng, paving way for him to become casino hub’s next leader
Green groups and academics outraged over new housing project near Hong Kong Wetland Park, calling it a ‘bad precedent’

Outrage erupts after Buildings Department approves building of 19 residential towers in Fung Lok Wai, one of the last wetlands east of the park.

22 Apr 2019 - 9:55PM

Outrage erupts after Buildings Department approves building of 19 residential towers in Fung Lok Wai, one of the last wetlands east of the park.

Green groups and academics outraged over new housing project near Hong Kong Wetland Park, calling it a ‘bad precedent’
Hong Kong mainland affairs minister bemoans pro-democracy lawmakers’ boycott of Shanghai and Hangzhou trip

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Patrick Nip said the visit was not political in nature and in boycotting it, the pan-democrats were bringing politics into play.

21 Apr 2019 - 11:00PM

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Patrick Nip said the visit was not political in nature and in boycotting it, the pan-democrats were bringing politics into play.

Hong Kong mainland affairs minister bemoans pro-democracy lawmakers’ boycott of Shanghai and Hangzhou trip
Hong Kong’s pro-establishment camp considers change of tactics in bid to regain control of legislative process for controversial extradition bill

Some pro-establishment lawmakers are considering next move after filibustering by the pro-democracy camp stalled election of a chairman for a committee scrutinising extradition bill.

19 Apr 2019 - 11:34PM

Some pro-establishment lawmakers are considering next move after filibustering by the pro-democracy camp stalled election of a chairman for a committee scrutinising extradition bill.

Hong Kong’s pro-establishment camp considers change of tactics in bid to regain control of legislative process for controversial extradition bill
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers seek last-minute adjustment to extradition bill to ensure Taiwan murder suspect faces justice

Last-minute proposal seeks a so-called sunset clause that would allow extradition to Taiwan for a limited time.

17 Apr 2019 - 3:49AM

Last-minute proposal seeks a so-called sunset clause that would allow extradition to Taiwan for a limited time.

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers seek last-minute adjustment to extradition bill to ensure Taiwan murder suspect faces justice
Overseas-trained doctor proposals by lawmakers could cause dissent among Hong Kong’s medical sector, warns Carrie Lam

The separate bills, from either side of the political divide, aim to make it easier for overseas-trained doctors to practise in the city’s public health care system.

17 Apr 2019 - 7:37AM

The separate bills, from either side of the political divide, aim to make it easier for overseas-trained doctors to practise in the city’s public health care system.

Overseas-trained doctor proposals by lawmakers could cause dissent among Hong Kong’s medical sector, warns Carrie Lam
Hong Kong film industry gets major breakthrough with mainland China deal, but Chief Executive Carrie Lam says it comes with conditions

Authorities agree to relax regulations including dropping restrictions on number of Hongkongers in mainland Chinese productions, but city’s leader says filmmakers will still have to respect regulations across the border.

16 Apr 2019 - 11:29PM

Authorities agree to relax regulations including dropping restrictions on number of Hongkongers in mainland Chinese productions, but city’s leader says filmmakers will still have to respect regulations across the border.

Hong Kong film industry gets major breakthrough with mainland China deal, but Chief Executive Carrie Lam says it comes with conditions
Pressure piled on Hong Kong’s Medical Council over need for foreign doctors, with lawmakers calling for powers to be revoked

Health minister however urges caution and says reforms must be carried out step by step.

13 Apr 2019 - 11:46PM

Health minister however urges caution and says reforms must be carried out step by step.

Pressure piled on Hong Kong’s Medical Council over need for foreign doctors, with lawmakers calling for powers to be revoked