HONG KONG -- "I'm very confident in Hong Kong's
promising future under the principle of 'one country, two systems' created by
Deng Xiaoping with his foresight and sagacity and my belief in Hong Kong's
future will never change," tycoon Li Ka-shing said.
Recalling the ten years of Hong Kong's return to its motherland, Li Ka-shing,
a local grown legend and a world famous tycoon, perhaps is the best example of
Hong Kong dream.
Undated file photo of Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing.
His secret of making fortunes, as hundreds of his stories tell, is hard work
plus deeply connecting his roots with the fortune of Hong Kong. Looking back the
decade, Li's rule of belief in Hong Kong's future again has done its magic.
As the chairman for both Cheung Kong Holdings and Hutchison Whampoa, Li has
an empire of 240,000 staff, operating business in 55 countries and regions. His
business is fast growing during the decade and the way to his enlarging riches
is still his unshakable belief in Hong Kong. When some Hong Kong people worried
about the return and fled away, Li just kept his hope in Hong Kong as always.
Hong Kong's return to the motherland is a great achievement of the principle
of "one country, two systems", a framework to show China's sovereignty over Hong
Kong but keep Hong Kong's social andeconomic scheme, including people's living
style and that guarantees Hong Kong's peaceful return and its social stability,
Li told Xinhua last week as Hong Kong is preparing a grand celebration for its
tenth anniversary of return to the motherland.
Hong Kong did have a tough time as the newly established Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region received a severe stroke during the financial turmoil in
1997 followed by fearful plague of SARS in 2003, an ordeal that made Hong Kong
people lost their fortunes, even lives.
Now, talking about the difficulties and sad moments Hong Kong has
experienced, Li again said his belief in Hong Kong's future has never changed,
especially when Hong Kong's future is in Hong Kong people's hands with the
strong support of its motherland.
"Hong Kong does not need to share any expense of the country, yet whenever
Hong Kong meets any difficulties, the central government will exert its most to
help. Hong Kong should remember the tough moments that we went through with our
motherland side byside," Li said.
Looking forward to the future of Hong Kong, the tycoon, who has been living
in Hong Kong for over 60 years, said no matter what moment it is, his belief and
hope in Hong Kong are always the same.
"Hong Kong's economy is now on a right track and the economic development of
Chinese mainland is bringing Hong Kong great chances. If a person in my age is
still working hard, young people should work even harder for Hong Kong's future
development," He added.