Xinhua chief Jiang Enzhu has been elected to the National People's Congress Standing Committee. He had the third-highest number of votes among the 141 candidates - 2,702, with 25 opposing and three abstaining. Standing Committee member Tsang Hin-chi won another term with 2,634 votes, 89 against and seven abstentions. He ranked 60th in the tally of votes. Mr Tsang said his low number of votes was because other deputies had not understood his performance. 'Perhaps some deputies do not know me well or some are dissatisfied with my performance. But it is just normal to have opposing votes,' he said. 'Quite a number of government officials also got low votes.' The Hong Kong team convenor Ng Hon-mun said Mr Jiang's large vote-count showed how much the mainland cared about Hong Kong and the degree of acceptability of the Xinhua head. 'Mr Jiang is a nice guy who rarely puts on airs. He also wins applause for keeping low-key in Hong Kong and avoiding meddling in SAR affairs,' he said. Another local deputy, Peter Wong Man-kong, thought the Standing Committee would attach importance to opinions aired by Mr Jiang. Mr Ng said that although outgoing premier Li Peng was chosen as the NPC Standing Committee chairman, he had the second-highest number of opposing votes. 'Two hundred opposing votes equals less than 10 per cent of total votes. There must be some different views in such a large country like China,' he said. NPC colleague Allen Lee Peng-fei supported Mr Li's appointment. 'Although his image in the eyes of Hong Kong people is not good due to the June 4 incident, no one can wipe away his contribution in developing the economy in the past few years,' Mr Lee said.