The Joint Liaison Group will keep its hands off the SAR's administration, the new mainland team leader said yesterday. Speaking in his first official appearance since his appointment, Wang Guisheng said it was not for the JLG to monitor the SAR's work. Nor would it take part in the actual governing of Hong Kong, he said. Mr Wang was formerly head of the Foreign Ministry's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. He stressed yesterday that the JLG was a liaison body, not a power organ. 'The JLG has basically completed its tasks set out in the Joint Declaration, but it will exist until January 1, 2000. We will adhere to the Joint Declaration in the 2.5 years to come and negotiate with Britain whenever necessary,' Mr Wang said.