For a man who tends to avoid the press, Tung Chee-hwa was in relaxed mood when he spoke at the Foreign Correspondents' Club this week. Reminiscing about his association with the club, he said he was introduced by his father, shipping tycoon C.Y. Tung, a member after his return from the United States in 1969. Mr Tung said he lunched 'almost every day' at the old quarters in Sutherland House. Then came the shipping crisis of 1985 and like most companies trying to stay afloat 'we cut club memberships . . . unfortunately the FCC was a victim'. Mr Tung's appearance followed a luncheon speech there by Martin Lee, who had accused him of not knowing the ABC of politics. Mr Tung told his audience: 'I get advice from people every day. Some say I don't know the ABC of politics . . . Some, including friends of my wife, ask me to dye my hair . . . But I am how I am.' After this spontaneous delivery, he said: 'This is just the hors doeuvre . . .', and pulled from his inside pocket a speech giving the unpalatable news about Hong Kong's economic situation. Later, chairwoman designate Diane Stormont gave him an honorary FCC card bearing his old membership number. But his charm offensive didn't beguile everybody. One committee member remarked: 'As long as Mr Tung is speaking in English he's OK, In Chinese it's all cadre-speak.' Information Technology and Broadcasting Secretary Kwong Ki-chi got off to a bad start in his new post with his press conference to announce approval for the ATV takeover. He refused to answer journalists' questions about the identities of the shareholders behind Dragon Viceroy and Rankon, the shelf companies set up by the consortium which has very strong China ties. 'Look it up at the Companies Registry,' he barked. That proved to be a waste of time as they were all identified on a press release Mr Kwong had been holding back until after the conference. He only instructed his minders to distribute the information after journalists protested. His strategy seemed aimed to frustrate questioning about close links between consortium members and Phoenix Chinese channel chairman Liu Changle. 'That is really a nasty trick,' said Frontier legislator and former journalist Emily Lau. So much for a free and unhindered media, which should be one of Mr Kwong's aims. Chong Chan-yau, defeated candidate of the Hong Kong Island Constituency, has been facing the possibility of selling his flat to pay for his campaign. Mr Chong raised $400,000 but the cost turned out to be $700,000, and he decided the only option was to put his home on the market. After newspapers revealed his difficulties, an anonymous donor offered to cover the shortfall, so Mr Chong is relieved he can stay put, particularly when property prices are falling. Reports that President Clinton would not have a private meeting with Martin Lee during his visit to Hong Kong were always viewed with scepticism by local journalists, who know an irresistible force when they meet one, and - if it came to a fight between the Washington State Department and a certain activist in the Hong Kong democratic camp - would put their shirt on a first-round knock-out for Mr Lee's team. When Corridors rang the party's office weeks ago suggesting the president's schedule might be . . . um . . . too tight to allow a party with their boss, the indignant response could have been heard in the White House. 'The president of the United States not see China's only democratically elected leader? It's unthinkable. If that's what they're planning, they can forget it. I'll create one hell of a fuss in the American papers . . .' Yesterday came news that Mr Clinton might duck the meeting and . . . eureka! an editorial in the Washington Post urging him to think again. All a complete coincidence, of course . . .