BRITAIN and China have yet to reach agreement on the appointment of the Airport Authority's first chairman, a Chinese representative of the Airport Committee said yesterday. Hu Huocheng said more discussion was needed before a final decision. But China has set some basic requirements for the person who will fill the post. 'The chairman should be familiar with the new airport's operation [and] willing to commit to Hong Kong's social affairs,' he said, adding that age was not a factor. Airport Consultative Committee chairman Wong Po-yan, 72, is tipped to be a candidate. 'To sum up, the [chairman] should have thorough knowledge of the territory,' said Mr Hu, although he refused to say whether Mr Wong was a suitable candidate. He emphasised that discussions with Britain were continuing, but he also refused to say if the 15 members of the Provisional Airport Authority could stay in office after the Airport Authority was established. He said he hoped the body's final composition could be released soon. Meanwhile, a Chinese Joint Liaison Group representative, Chen Zuo'er, said conditions were good for more discussions of the authority's composition. The sides would talk soon, he said. He did not disclose the candidate list. He denied the hold-up of the three franchises related to Chek Lap Kok airport was due to the delay in the chairman's appointment.