Chief Executive talks about London explosions
Following is the transcript of remarks (English portion)
by the Chief Executive, Mr Donald Tsang, to the media in the Main Wing
lobby, Central Government Offices this (July 8) morning:
I am deeply shocked and saddened by what has happened in
London. We feel quite clearly that terrorism is the enemy of the
civilised world and I feel very much aggrieved. I spoke to the Consul
General of the United Kingdom last night to convey our condolences and
our sadness. I promised him that the British nationals in Hong Kong
would be protected as much as all the expatriate community in Hong Kong.
We are not complacent although we are, of course, a low-risk area.
We are not a high-risk area in terms of terrorist attack. But
we are monitoring events very closely. We are upgrading our security
As far as the markets are concerned, there was some turbulence
in the London market following the events but I can see that it has tapered
off quite quickly when market closed. There were no excessive activities
in the Wall Street market. Although there might be some ramifications
for our market today, as you know, our market has very good foundations
and all the fundamentals are good. We are able to handle events
of this kind.
We have received calls from Hong Kong citizens about their
relatives in the UK. We will be doing our very best. We have kept
contact with our embassy in London. We also have direct contact
with the hospitals taking care of the injured. We hope that no Hong
Kong citizen has been hurt as a result of this incident. But we
are on the alert and we are ready to help as much as we can. Thank
you very much.
(Please also refer to the Chinese
portion of the transcript.)
Ends/Friday, July 8, 2005
Issued at HKT 10:17
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