During his time in Hong Kong, Cheong discussed his intention of entering
the Chinese political arena where he would have supported the introduction of
democratic procedures to Chinese government. Two Chinese members of the Hong
Kong Legislative Council warned him of how unfavourable the current climate
in Peking was to any such movement. The outbreak of the Boxer Rebellion while
he was still teaching proved to him the wisdom of their advice, and he wrote
of his frustrated hopes to his parents.