Hong Kong and Beijing officials attend a flag-raising ceremony on Saturday to celebrate National Day. From left: Major General Tan Benhong, head of the PLA’s Hong Kong garrison; Tong Xiaoling, acting commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong; Zhang Xiaoming, director of the central government’s liaison office; Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his wife Regina Tong Ching-yi; and Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li. Photo: Jonathan Wong Hong Kong and Beijing officials attend a flag-raising ceremony on Saturday to celebrate National Day. From left: Major General Tan Benhong, head of the PLA’s Hong Kong garrison; Tong Xiaoling, acting commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong; Zhang Xiaoming, director of the central government’s liaison office; Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his wife Regina Tong Ching-yi; and Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Hong Kong and Beijing officials attend a flag-raising ceremony on Saturday to celebrate National Day. From left: Major General Tan Benhong, head of the PLA’s Hong Kong garrison; Tong Xiaoling, acting commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong; Zhang Xiaoming, director of the central government’s liaison office; Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his wife Regina Tong Ching-yi; and Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Gary Cheung
Opinion

Opinion

Gary Cheung

Hong Kong must wake up to the danger of Beijing’s meddling

Gary Cheung says the liaison office’s increasingly assertive role in local politics contravenes the central government’s promise of a high degree of autonomy for the SAR

Hong Kong and Beijing officials attend a flag-raising ceremony on Saturday to celebrate National Day. From left: Major General Tan Benhong, head of the PLA’s Hong Kong garrison; Tong Xiaoling, acting commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong; Zhang Xiaoming, director of the central government’s liaison office; Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his wife Regina Tong Ching-yi; and Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li. Photo: Jonathan Wong Hong Kong and Beijing officials attend a flag-raising ceremony on Saturday to celebrate National Day. From left: Major General Tan Benhong, head of the PLA’s Hong Kong garrison; Tong Xiaoling, acting commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong; Zhang Xiaoming, director of the central government’s liaison office; Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his wife Regina Tong Ching-yi; and Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Hong Kong and Beijing officials attend a flag-raising ceremony on Saturday to celebrate National Day. From left: Major General Tan Benhong, head of the PLA’s Hong Kong garrison; Tong Xiaoling, acting commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong; Zhang Xiaoming, director of the central government’s liaison office; Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his wife Regina Tong Ching-yi; and Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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Gary Cheung

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).