Lilian Cheng

Lilian Cheng

Lilian is a contributor to Inkstone and a senior reporter for the South China Morning Post.

Language spoken
English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Areas of Expertise
Hong Kong housing, land issues, heritage preservation, society
Coronavirus could cause ‘disastrous’ global food shortages
The coronavirus pandemic could disrupt global food supply chains and send prices soaring, international agencies and experts have warned. Export restrictions imposed by major producing countries could especially hurt economies with vulnerable supply structures, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said last week. And the UN Committee on World Food Security warned that “disruptions at borders and in supply chains may cause an echo in the food system with potentially disastrous effects.” The warnings highlight the potential damage of the coronavirus outbreak beyond its immediate toll on the at least 700,000 people it has sickened in nearly 200 countries. “Coupled with the curr
Hong Kong says another dog has tested positive for the coronavirus
A second dog with an infected owner has caught the coronavirus, the Hong Kong government said on Thursday. But like the first dog that tested positive for the virus early this month, the 2-year-old German Shepherd showed no signs of the Covid-19 disease that has sickened more than 240,000 people worldwide, the city’s animal welfare authority said in a statement. “It is very likely that the two positive cases are examples of human-to-dog transmission,” Professor Malik Peiris, a leading public health virologist at the University of Hong Kong, who helped the government analyze the specimens, told the South China Morning Post. Peiris said that a blood test would be performed, but added the sampl
McDonald’s outlet runs out of food as Hong Kong protests hit hard
Residents in one Hong Kong town have been hit hard by the anti-government protests sweeping the city this week – their local McDonald’s is running out of food. With radicals bringing major roads, tunnels and the subway system to a standstill this week, people have struggled to get in or out of parts of Hong Kong. It has left some neighborhoods, like the district of Tai Po, in semi-isolation. Restaurants and supermarkets have run low on supplies as well. Residents hoping to get breakfast at their local McDonald’s on Thursday discovered the only items on the menu were pancakes or macaroni. A staff member at one McDonald’s said they ran out of some buns, including Sausage McMuffins, and hash br
Hong Kong police deny their dogs are hurt by tear gas
Hong Kong police have denied accusations that their dogs have either died or fallen sick as a direct result of tear gas being fired during the anti-government protests. On Thursday morning, the police force posted a 20-second video on Facebook, showing a police dog playing and following basic instructions. The clip, which quickly attracted thousands of views, was aimed at dispelling rumors that some dogs had been harmed by tear gas.  “We understand public concern about police dogs’ health, so every handler takes good care of his or her ‘partner,’” the video says. “Never believe in unverified rumor!” But many Facebook users left comments on the video, asking police to stop using dogs in prote