CHIEF Executive Tung Chee-hwa yesterday pledged to live
up to the promises he had made as Premier Zhu Rongji officially
ratified his second term as SAR leader.
Zhu signed a State Council order confirming Tung's appointment at an
official council meeting in Beijing.
Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office's director Liao Hui had previously
formally reported the result of Hong Kong's one-nomination election to
Zhu responded by saying that Tung had made great efforts to maintain
Hong Kong as a trading and transport hub since the Asian financial
Tung, a Beijing appointee, thanked the Central Government for the
trust it had placed in him and pledged to work with Hong Kong people
to tackle "unprecedented challenges".
"In the coming five years, I will work with the people . . . I will
turn the promises I have made for Hong Kong into action," he said.
During a two-day visit to Beijing, Tung will meet Macau Chief
Executive Edmund Ho, who arrived in the capital yesterday afternoon.
Tung will also meet State Administration of Tourism director He
Guangwei, trade minister Shi Guangsheng and Beijing party chief Jia
Tung retained his post unopposed on Thursday with 714 nominations from
the 800-member election committee. He is expected to brief top leaders
on his proposed ministerial system to boost accountability of policy
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