Beijing's top representative in Hong Kong, Jiang Enzhu, said yesterday the re-election of Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa for a second term would be conducive to stability. Speaking three days before a reception at which Mr Tung is expected to formally announce his candidacy, the Liaison Office director said: 'The stability and continuity of the [post of] Chief Executive is very important. I would certainly support Mr Tung if he seeks re-election.' Noting the economic downturn, Mr Jiang said: 'It's not an easy task for the Chief Executive. Mr Tung has done his job well.' Mr Tung attended a Fujian clan association dinner at the China Resources Building in Wan Chai last night, where more than 1,000 people gave him a standing ovation as he arrived and left. Fujian clan leader Yang Sun-si said: 'We have full confidence that Mr Tung will lead Hong Kong out of economic trouble.' As more business leaders and political heavyweights came out publicly to support the Chief Executive, about 200 Election Committee members and other pro-Tung figures were invited to a 'support Tung' reception on Thursday, where he is expected to announce he will run again. The invitation was jointly issued by Executive Council Convenor Leung Chun-ying and the former head of the Central Policy Unit, Edgar Cheng Wai-kin. Mr Tung will give a speech at the reception at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. He is scheduled to visit Beijing on Wednesday next week. Cheng Yiu-tong, head of the Federation of Trade Unions, which has about 40 votes in the 800-member electoral body, said he had urged Mr Tung to talk to workers - not just business people and the middle class - during his campaign. Paul Yip Kwok-wah, Mr Tung's special adviser, said a major task for the campaign team was to explain Mr Tung's policies to the public. Lee Shau-kee, chairman of Henderson Land, said Mr Tung had contributed wholeheartedly to Hong Kong. Legislator Eric Li Ka-cheung, who represents the accountancy sector, said most Election Committee members within the sector would support Mr Tung. Five Exco members, including Henry Tang Ying-yen and Tam Yiu-chung, have indicated their support for Mr Tung. Mr Tam said remarks made by Mr Jiang should not be seen as interference in the SAR's affairs.