There is no need and no place for a 'commissar' or political adviser to liaise with China in Tung Chee-hwa's administration, according to one of his top aides. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Mr Tung's Special Adviser, Paul Yip Kwok-wah, said the Chief Executive-designate already had substantial contacts with Chinese leaders. This guaranteed him access to the likes of President Jiang Zemin and premier Li Peng LP01. 'He does not need anyone to serve as his special adviser to deal with Beijing,' he said. Denying suggestions that he will be Mr Tung's adviser on China, Mr Yip said his role was to keep the handover leader briefed on the local political scene. 'I will be the eyes and ears of the Chief Executive because I have extensive connections with people in the political arena, including radicals such as the April 5 Action Group and the Democrats,' he said. 'I think I could serve as a channel for those excluded from the political establishment of the Special Administrative Region to air their views to the authorities.' Mr Yip's appointment as Special Adviser in January fuelled speculation about his role as his brief was not revealed by Mr Tung. 'I have been giving him advice on a number of matters including appointments, changing laws and other major issues affecting Hong Kong,' he said. However, he refused to detail what advice he offered, or whether his views were actedon. He would only claim credit for helping to defuse a row with rural leaders over the Preparatory Committee decision not to repeal laws giving females equal rights to inherit the New Territories' land. It has been suggested that Mr Yip may be an undercover member of the Chinese Communist Party. He denied this, but admitted being an active member of other pro-China groups since the late 1950s. He had also built up connections with the so-called Shanghai Clan of cadres, which then included Mr Jiang and Vice-Premier Zhu Rongji , as his mainland business affairs developed. Mr Yip, 53, is chairman of the Renful Group which has extensive investments in Shanghai including hotels and computer manufacturing. Mr Yip has yet to sort out with Mr Tung the details of his position after the handover. He did not even know what he would be paid, he said. 'We'll sit down and work that out in April.'