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 4:30 p.m.

Place: Hennessey Room, 7th Floor, Conrad Hotel

(room open at 4:15 p.m.)

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