Danson Cheong

Danson Cheong joined The Straits Times in 2014 and cut his teeth as one of the broadsheet's crime reporters, covering some of Singapore's biggest court cases including the City Harvest megachurch scandal. Later, on ST's political desk his reportage focused on critical issues including security, terrorism and opposition politics. He moved to Beijing to join ST's China bureau in 2017, where he has developed a keen interest in watching how a developing China deals with its environmental and urban issues.

Right: Villagers walking down an alley between rows of new houses built by the Chinese government - as part of its anti-poverty campaign - in Xujiashan village in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture's Ganluo county. Villagers used to live in mud huts.