A study commissioned by the Central Policy Unit has recommended that a minister be appointed to take charge of Hong Kong's external relations. The confidential study is understood to have explored how the city should develop its relations overseas as a special administrative region of China. Under the Basic Law, Hong Kong can use the name 'Hong Kong, China' to maintain and develop relations with foreign states in its own right. The government's representatives can also take part in international conferences as members of Chinese delegations. As a separate customs territory, Hong Kong has long been a member of the World Trade Organisation and Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum. The study is understood to have proposed that Hong Kong initiate a more balanced and broader external relations agenda. To ensure better division of labour, the study proposes the economic and trade offices play a co-ordinating role among Hong Kong's various overseas offices. Another significant recommendation is that the city consider making a greater contribution to the international community, such as finding solutions to regional problems. The government should also develop mechanisms to enable effective co-operation with the private and non-governmental sectors internationally. Officials are understood to be split on how Hong Kong should conduct its external relations. One view is that the strategy envisioned by the study is already being pursued in a subtle manner. There is also concern that appointing a minister to take charge of external relations would unnecessarily arouse unease in the central government.