AN adviser to China has suggested a nine-metre bronze statute of Deng Xiaoping be erected in Hong Kong on July 1. Chong Wing-king, a Hong Kong deputy to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said the proposal for a statue was first made in 1993. The Museum of Revolution in Beijing originally planned a statue for a mainland site to mark Deng's contribution to the opening up of the economy while a replica was mooted for Hong Kong. Mr Chong said his proposal was prompted by Deng's unfulfilled wish to see the return of Hong Kong to China. The project was expected to cost $3 million.