Security chief in Beijing for talks Hong Kong's Secretary for Security, Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong, arrived in Beijing yesterday for his first meeting with central government officials since taking up the post last month. Mr Lee is expected to meet Liao Hui, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang and other top officials during his three-day stay. Experts forecast dip in unemployment rate Analysts have forecast that Hong Kong's unemployment rate, which hit a record 8.7 per cent in July, will show improved August figures as the economy shakes off the last effects of the Sars outbreak. The average jobless rate for the three months to August, which the government will release today, will probably have fallen to 8.6 per cent, according to forecasts compiled by Bloomberg and Reuters. Official stresses need for stability in Hong Kong The director of the Communist Party's United Front Work Department, Liu Yandong, said Hong Kong must maintain its stability if it was to secure its status of being a free-trade centre and a logistics port. He was meeting representatives from the Hong Kong social welfare sector who were visiting Beijing. ICAC HEAD'S DUTY VISIT Raymond Wong Hung-chiu, who succeeded Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong as head of the ICAC in Hong Kong, will make his first duty visit to the mainland next week. He will fly to Shanghai on Monday and leave the following day for Guangzhou. Mr Wong will then go to Beijing on Wednesday. Dates set for symposium The 7th Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Co-operation Symposium, co-organised by the Beijing municipal government, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders, will be held in Beijing on October 23 and 24.