Some Hong Kong delegates at the CPPCC session yesterday dismissed suggestions that national leaders had forced Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa to step down early, saying Beijing recognised his contributions during and after the handover. Chan Wing-kee, a Hong Kong member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Standing Committee, said if Mr Tung had decided to resign, it would be of his own volition and was possibly due to health problems or exhaustion. 'Mr Tung has done many good works over the past seven years ... he has contributed to the maintenance of 'one country, two systems' and the handover of Hong Kong,' Mr Chan said. 'The central government is full of high praise for Mr Tung, and is satisfied with his performance.' CPPCC member Kennedy Wong Ying-ho said he did not believe Mr Tung was offered the post of CPPCC vice-chairman in exchange for stepping down as chief executive two years early. Mr Wong said Beijing recognised Mr Tung's hard work in governing Hong Kong. He said the offer of the vice-chairmanship was a means of giving Mr Tung more options. But Mr Wong added that recent developments seemed to make an early departure unavoidable.