Tung Chee-hwa has for the first time conceded he imposed a new rule requiring Taiwan's unofficial envoy to accept the 'one country, two systems' policy. He said the requirement was 'not too much'. The Taiwanese authorities have said they have not applied to send a representative to the SAR because 'unreasonable' restrictions had been added by the post-handover Government. The post, the official title of which is Chung Hwa Travel Service managing director, has been vacant since December. In his first public comment on the furore, the Chief Executive said Taiwan's representatives were subject to some rules before the handover. 'In the British-Hong Kong era, representatives of the Chung Hwa Travel Service also had to accept certain conditions, such as not to do anything that embarrassed the Government. 'Nor should they do anything not in line with the role of the managing director of the travel service. They also have to recognise the 'one China' principle. I added another one and I said 'you should accept the one country, two systems principle'. I believe the requirement is not too much,' he said. The post is to be filled by Chang Liang-jen, currently deputy secretary-general of the Straits Exchange Foundation. He has yet to submit an application for a working visa. Mr Tung said 'From our point of view, we will try our best to do anything that can strengthen the economy, trade, and cultural exchange of the cross-straits and Hong Kong, and help an early reunification of the country. This remains my greatest hope'.