Mr Chretien proved a hit with students at the Canadian International School in Aberdeen, who described him as personable, humble and sincere. Mr Chretien, members of the Team Canada delegation and Mrs Chan were given a rousing welcome by the school's 945 students yesterday afternoon. Senior student and president of the student council James Fong, 17, said: 'The whole high school was there and cheered him on.' The Prime Minister looked relaxed after starting his day with a ferry trip from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island. At the school, Mr Chretien explained his delegation's visit and took questions from senior students. Vice-president of the student council, Michael Lee, 17, asked how new US President George W. Bush would affect Canada. 'He replied 'not much' and that they would continue to be good neighbours,' the student said. The students also asked Mr Chretien for his views on Washington's proposed National Missile Defence system, what was being done about illegal immigration and what he thought about the Canadian international education system overseas. 'He was really relaxed and handled the questions well,' James said. 'A lot of the questions were quite tough. He thought about them seriously and I thought he was sincere.' Grade 12 student and designated 'student reporter' for the day, Emily Eng, 17, said the Prime Minister had replied that the money spent on missile defence would be better spent on education. The senior students said the visit was a 'great honour' and 'the Prime Minister inspired us to study hard and be ambassadors for Canada'. School principal Allan McLeod said: 'The visit was a phenomenal opportunity for all our students to be a small part of history and show off the school and have people in Canada realise we're here and that we are significant.' Earlier in the day Canada's Minister for International Trade, Pierre Pettigrew, and the SAR's Secretary for Education and Manpower, Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, signed a memorandum of understanding promoting Internet-based education.