We must put aside our differences and find common ground to build Hong Kong together.
Call for unity after the shipping tycoon was selected Chief Executive in December 1996
Freedom of speech and information is something we treasure and regard very much. Nobody, I repeat, nobody should doubt the government's determination in this respect.
Declaring in March 1998 that the editorial independence of RTHK is not under threat, in response to an attack on the broadcaster by Xu Simin, a senior Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference delegate
Democracy is also about the rule of law, about the right to organise political parties, about the right to speak one's mind, about making sure the government is accountable, and it is about a whole lot of things.
While addressing an international conference in May 1998 where he said democracy means much more than universal suffrage, and cited the need to strengthen democratic institutions as a reason for the 10-year period before full democracy could be implemented
Our human rights record is one of the best in the world and we should be justly proud of it.
Defending the rights record as he meets representatives of Human Rights Monitor in July 1998
Let's see how it goes.
On his intentions in seeking another term in July 1998
It is not something we particularly like to do but we felt that we needed to have a very stable interest rate environment to go ahead with our recovery. The whole community is going through a lot of pain already and we are willing to take the pain. But we need a stable environment to do so.
Declaring determination to fend off speculators to enhance speedy economic recovery in August 1998.