The nation's new leaders yesterday praised the performance of Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and pledged their full support to revitalise the Hong Kong economy. Premier Wen Jiabao said he was confident Hong Kong could overcome its economic difficulties under Mr Tung's leadership. He made the remarks before a meeting with Mr Tung in the central government's headquarters in Zhongnanhai. The premier praised Mr Tung for his 'very good performance' in the past five years. 'Hong Kong was hit by the Asian financial crisis shortly after the handover. It's not easy for Mr Tung to maintain prosperity and stability,' he said. Speaking before another meeting with Macau's Chief Executive, Edmund Ho Hau-wah, the premier said Mr Ho's performance was 'very, very good'. Mr Wen said the economy of the former Portuguese enclave grew 2 per cent in 2001 and 9 per cent last year. 'I think I have answered your question [on Mr Ho's performance],' he said. The premier said he hoped the people of Hong Kong would unite and maintain their confidence. He said the central government supported stepping up co-operation between Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong, saying it would be a win-win situation. Mr Wen, who was elected premier on Sunday, said all key officials of the State Council would meet today to decide the division of tasks, including who would oversee Hong Kong affairs. It is expected Vice-Premier Wu Yi will be responsible for Hong Kong and Macau issues, while Liao Hui will remain director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. Mr Tung earlier met President Hu Jintao, who reiterated his support for the economic restructuring of Hong Kong. 'The fact that I could meet the two leaders shortly after they were elected indicates their concern for Hong Kong,' he said. Mr Tung said his meetings with the two leaders focused on the Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (Cepa) between Hong Kong and the mainland. 'They said the central government would keep on pushing the talks ahead,' he said. 'I am confident the talks will be concluded by the end of June as scheduled.' Mr Tung said the two leaders pledged to push ahead with cross-border co-operation in other areas, such as logistics and tourism. Mr Hu and Mr Wen said they hoped to visit Hong Kong soon.