October 8, 1998
Martin Lee to Meet with Prime Minister Tony Blair; Will Raise Importance
of Hong Kong to China's Future
On Friday, October 9, Democratic Party Chairman Martin Lee will meet
with Prime Minister Tony Blair of Great Britain. Martin Lee welcomes the
Prime Minister's visit to the mainland and Hong Kong, and hopes Mr. Blair
will reinforce the continued importance of Hong Kong in Sino-British relations.
Martin Lee commented:
"I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Blair tomorrow to
discuss Hong Kong's first year after the handover and the importance of
Hong Kong to China's future. The recent economic crisis in the region
has brought about a consensus among Asian democrats that economic growth
must not be put ahead of democratic institutions. Hong Kong people share
this view and turned out in record numbers to support pro-democracy candidates
in the May 1998 Legislative Council elections. I look forward to discussing
the implications of the Hong Kong people's strong support for democracy
with Prime Minister Blair and to exploring ways that Hong Kong can serve
as an example for China in the areas of democratic development, civil liberties
and the rule of law.
Mr. Lee Martin Lee last met Prime Minister Blair in May 1997 in London.
After the meeting, which takes place at the Conrad Hotel, Martin Lee
will hold a brief press conference.
Date: Friday, October 9, 1998
Time: Press Conference to begin when meeting ends, at approximately
Place: Hennessey Room, 7th Floor, Conrad Hotel
(room open at 4:15 p.m.)