Hong Kong deputy to stay when colony becomes China's
December 28, 1996
Web posted at: 12:30 p.m. EST (1730 GMT)
HONG KONG (CNN) -- Hong Kong Chief Secretary Anson Chan,
deputy to outgoing Gov. Chris Patten, announced Saturday
she has accepted an offer to stay in her post after the
British hand over the colony to the Chinese July 1, 1997.
Chan, the first woman and the first Chinese person to hold
that high a position in Hong Kong's government, will serve
under Tung Chee-hwa, a businessman who was chosen by the
Chinese as Hong Kong's chief executive earlier this month.
As head of the civil service, Chan is expected to reassure
those civil servants who have doubts about staying at their
jobs after the transfer. Chan is a staunch defender of Hong
Kong's civil liberties and legal system, and has opposed a
provisional legislature set up by China to discuss laws in
advance of the transfer.
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