9 January 1997
Party Legislators Meet Chief Executive Designate C.H. Tung; Agreement on Importance of Working Together for
Hong Kong's Future
The Democratic Party, the largest party in eth Legislative Council, today met
Chief Executive designate C.H. Tung for the first time since his
selection. It was his first official meeting with a political party in
Party Chairman Martin Lee, Vice-chairman Yeung Sum and legislators Szeto
Wah, Fred Li, and Law Chi-kwong submitted to Mr. Tung a 30-page set of
proposals on a range of political and livelihood issues, including the
Provisional Legislature and the Bill of Rights, as well as housing, welfare
and education concerns.
The meeting, which began at 5:00pm, lasted for well over an hour.
The democratic legislators welcomed Mr. Tung's willingness to meet
and listen to the people of Hong Kong and their elected representatives,
including voices of opposition. It
concluded with Chairman Martin Lee stating the Party "had common ground with
Mr. Tung in their shared wish to see Hong Kong succeed and that while they
differed on many fundamental issues it was important to maintain clear lines
of communication in the future and to work together for the good of Hong
On the Provisional Legislature, the democratic legislators explained that
if the appointed body purported to legislate in Hong Kong before 1 July 1997,
they would have no choice but to go to court and detailed the legal
difficulties posed by any laws made by the appointed legislature.
Chairman Martin Lee said their position on the Provisional Legislature
was well understood by Mr. Tung.
The Party also disputed the description of them as "anti-China", citing
a number of instances where the Democratic supported China – including the
Joint Declaration, the resumption of sovereignty over Hong Kong, lobbying for
renewal of China's Most Favoured Nation status in the US and supporting the
peaceful reunification of China and Taiwan.
Martin Lee said the Party would always support a policy if it was good
for Hong Kong and would continue to oppose policies that were not in Hong
Kong's best interests.
Mr. Tung said he would like to see the Democrat Party continue to work
constructively for the Special Administrative Region.
He agreed it was important to meet frequently and that meetings would
be held once every two months, with additional meetings for urgent matters. Another meeting in March will continue the dialogue.