The recent terrorist attack has brought extensive suffering and loss to the American People and the whole world was shocked. As Hong Kong has close family and business ties with the US, the challenges and obstacles facing us are obvious. At this time of adversities, we should learn from the American spirit of unity and patriotism which developed after the attack. Our Government, the legislature and all People of Hong Kong must learn to plan and work together in order to bring out our best.
The US aside, we should also take serious note to the recent development on the mainland. First of all, the pre-entry negotiation process for China's admission to the WTO was completed on schedule. We can almost take for certain that China will join this international trading organization within the year. Secondly, the 16th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party will be held next year and the new leadership will be confirmed. Significantly, President Jiang Zemin has clearly stated, in his speech delivered on 1 July this year, that entrepreneurs would be permitted to join the Communist Party, thus removing the ideological obstacle to political reforms.
The two points mentioned above will have very positive effects on the future development of China. In view of this, in my "Letter to Hong Kong" dated 16 September, I appealed to the Government to assist the commercial and industrial sectors and professionals in Hong Kong to open the mainland market. I also urged the Government to push for equal treatment for our businesses and professionals on the mainland in order to facilitate bi-lateral interflow.
In my "Letter to Hong Kong", I have emphasized that building confidence is an issue that involves the whole community. We should not just wait passively for leadership from above. We must have confidence in ourselves before we can convince others to have confidence in us.
COMMITMENT AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ( 2001 - 2002 )
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