Tung Chee-hwa


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Tung Chee-hwa,

1937–, Hong Kong business and political leader, b. Shanghai. The son of C. Y. Tung, a businessman who left China as the Communists were coming to power, Tung entered the family shipping business in the 1960s. When his father died he inherited control of a debt-ridden firm, but rescued it with restructuring and a bailout loan. Active on Hong Kong government advisory committees from the 1980s, Tung aligned politically with the Chinese government (and against the prodemocracy movement) as the end of British rule approached, concerned to protect Hong Kong's commercial environment. Tung resigned from the family business in 1996 and secured appointment in 1997 as Hong Kong's first chief executive under Chinese rule. His second term was cut short in 2005 when he resigned, ostensibly for health reasons, but many believed China, concerned over antigovernment protests in Hong Kong, had forced him out.
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Leading protest group the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) presented an open letter Friday to the city's former leader Tung Chee-hwa requesting his help to arrange a meeting with Beijing officials.
Tung Chee-hwa was sworn in as Hong Kong's new leader.
The 15-member presidium included incumbent Chief Executive Donald Tsang and his predecessor Tung Chee-hwa, property tycoon Li Ka-shing and other hard-line Beijing loyalists.
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Tung Chee-hwa, Hong Kong's unpopular chief executive, is essentially an appointee of Beijing from a 800-member committee of Hong Kong's elite.
Earlier this month, Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa said deflation, which had dogged the city for more than five years, would disappear in 12 to 18 months.
But he also counseled vigilance, because the territory's chief executive Tung Chee-hwa seemed to suggest that the legislative process was to be put on hold for one year.
They also met the former colony's chief executive Tung Chee-hwa - an avid fan of the Reds since studying on Merseyside in the late 1950s.
But Hong Kong's chief executive Tung Chee-hwa warned: "We have to remind ourselves that this could come again."
Participants are expected to include Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan, Honk Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, and Macao Chief Executive Edmund Ho.
To its credit, Tung Chee-hwa's administration seems to recognize Hong Kong's problems.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa said: "We all pledged to work hard to make sure the success of the new round of WTO discussions, which are due to start very soon".