Tung Chee-hwa is planning to sell Hong Kong to Silicon Valley investors. Mr Tung is scheduled to visit the California home of the hi-tech industry during a trip to the United States and Canada that begins on July 18. Originally scheduled for May, the visit was called off when the right of abode crisis blew up. A highlight of the trip will be a lunch in Silicon Valley, where Mr Tung will brief investors on the Cyberport project, other information-technology infrastructure projects and business opportunities. In Canada, Mr Tung plans to meet top officials and underline the importance of bilateral trade. The Chief Executive is also expected to reiterate Hong Kong's firm commitment to the rule of law and to outline the economic outlook and business opportunities following the recession. It is still unclear whether Mr Tung will lobby congressmen against tightening exports of strategic commodities in the wake of the Cox report, which alleged widespread Chinese theft of US nuclear secrets. But there have been suggestions that Mr Tung may not take up the issue, which was addressed by Anson Chan Fang On-sang during her North America promotion tour last month. The Government is understood to be putting the final touches to Mr Tung's itinerary for announcement early next week. Mr Tung's office yesterday declined to comment on the specific details of the trip. Trade officials are expected to accompany the Chief Executive during the trip, the second of the kind to North America since the handover.