Time lists 25 most likely to mould future
Actor Jackie Chan is named alongside Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa in a list of the territory's 25 most influential people announced by Time magazine today.
It also includes Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang, one of just two women chosen, and Chief Justice-designate Andrew Li Kwok-nang.
Joining them are singer Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, HSBC chairman Sir William Purves and Citic Pacific chief executive Larry Yung Chi-kin who tells the magazine: 'If Hong Kong becomes a Chinese city, Hong Kong is dead.' Also named are police commissioner Eddie Hui Ki-on and radio's Albert Cheng King-hon.
Provisional legislature president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai was dropped from a preliminary list. Time Hong Kong bureau chief Sandra Burton said the list focused on strong individuals representing institutions that would shape the territory after July.
'It is a noticeable omission,' she said of Mrs Fan. 'Our thinking was, 'We know most of the bills that are going to come out of the provisional legislature and looking to the future, we would look at the next legislature'.' Sir William Purves was the only Briton because he was 'a good representative of the remnants of the remaining British influence'.
Film star Jackie Chan tells the magazine: 'My life and my profession will not change after the handover. But had I not been Jackie Chan, I might have considered leaving, too.'