In Brief

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 July, 2007, 12:00am

Tsang Tak-sing warned about 'serious political mistake'

Veteran politician Allen Lee Peng-fei says he has urged new Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing 'through a third party' not to seek re-election to the forthcoming National People's Congress because his new position's heavy workload might clash with the demands of serving in the congress. Mr Lee said it would be a 'serious political mistake' for Mr Tsang to seek re-election. Mr Tsang's brother, Tsang Yok-sing, said neither mainland nor Hong Kong laws prevented his brother from standing.

Hong Kong exports grow 11.1pc in June, while imports rise 13pc

Hong Kong exports grew last month by 11.1 per cent year on year to HK$224.7 billion, while imports rose by 13 per cent to HK$244.1 billion, the Census and Statistics Department said. The trade deficit totalled HK$19.4 billion. June's export growth was slightly down from May, when the increase was 12.1 per cent. May's imports rose by 11.1 per cent. For the first half of the year, total exports grew 10.4 per cent, while imports rose 10.9 per cent. The six-month trade deficit reached HK$94.6 billion. A government spokesman said the global trading environment remained largely favourable despite the softness of the US economy. Further measures to cool the mainland economy, the likelihood of a soft landing for the US economy, and growth in Europe and Asia could all affect the export outlook, the spokesman said.

Health officials attend tripartite meeting on infectious diseases

More than 60 medical and public health professionals from Guangdong, Macau and Hong Kong yesterday attended the seventh Tripartite Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases in Hong Kong. The three sides were led by the Director of Health Lam Ping-yan, the associate director of the Guangdong Department of Health, Huang Fei, and the director of the Macau Health Bureau, Koi Kuok-leng.