A good week for ...
Physically assaulted at a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday after being bashed for weeks in the media, Rupert Murdoch needed someone to fight in his corner - and his wife, Wendi Deng, proved more than capable. After leaping to his defence and slapping away a foam-pie-thrower as he was questioned by a British parliamentary select committee, Deng was hailed as a national role model in China, praised as a 'tiger woman' and 'Charlie's Angel'.
The veteran subway manager, 52, is set for a pay rise after being named chief executive of the MTR Corporation. His base pay, HK$7.2 million a year, is more than twice his salary at the job he's leaving as head of New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Walder should have an interesting ride, with the MTR aggressively pushing into the mainland and facing increasing pressure over fare rises when it is making massive profits from its non-core property business.
Dr Lai Shin-yuan
The deputy chairwoman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council had a successful visit to Hong Kong, marking a milestone in the forging of official contacts. Lai opened the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office - now Taiwan's top office in the city - met Taiwanese businesspeople working here and enjoyed a ride in a tram promoting tourism in Taiwan. She was delighted when Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung met her at the pier as she arrived from Macau. 'It was a surprise, a nice surprise,' Lai said.