Premier also pledges to uphold 'one country, two systems' Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday called on Hong Kong people to work together for the betterment of the city following Tung Chee-hwa's resignation as chief executive. Saying that Hongkongers were capable of running the city, he paid tribute to Mr Tung and reiterated the central government's pledge to uphold the 'one country, two systems' principle. Responding to a question on his expectations for acting Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, Mr Wen said the election of the new chief executive would proceed in strict accordance with the Basic Law and the laws of Hong Kong. 'I believe Hong Kong people are capable of running Hong Kong well,' the premier said. Speaking after the closing ceremony of the annual session of the National People's Congress, he said: 'The central government is steadfast on the principles of 'one country, two systems', 'Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong' and the high degree of autonomy. 'The central government will act in strict accordance with the Basic Law. At this moment, I only hope our compatriots in Hong Kong ... work together with one heart for better development.' He said he hoped they would get various aspects of work in Hong Kong done well to bring about prosperity and stability. But the premier did not reiterate the official line of supporting the chief executive and the Hong Kong government to govern in accordance with laws, as he has done at post-NPC session press conferences in recent years. Allen Lee Peng-fei, a Hong Kong deputy to the NPC, said Mr Wen did not mention Mr Tsang's name in his remarks because the central government did not want to influence the outcome of the election of the new chief executive, due to be held on July 10. 'Donald [Tsang] only serves as acting chief executive now. Once Donald wins in the forthcoming election, I'm sure the central government will call on Hong Kong people to support him.' Priscilla Lau Pui-king, another Hong Kong deputy to the NPC, said Mr Wen hoped Hong Kong people would unite to ensure stability during the leadership reshuffle. Mr Wen said Mr Tung had done 'tremendous and creative work' for the implementation of the 'one country, two systems' concept and maintaining the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong over the past seven years. Hong Kong had overcome the difficulties heralded by the Asian financial crisis, the economy was recovering and people's livelihoods had improved, the premier said. 'Under these situations, Mr Tung's resignation will win the understanding of the Hong Kong people and the respect of the central government,' he said. Mr Wen made the remarks in response to a question on why the central government had accepted Mr Tung's resignation as Hong Kong's economy had picked up and society had stabilised. He said that Mr Tung had been hard-working and had shown the courage to take responsibility ungrudgingly. 'He has demonstrated in his work his strong sense of responsibility to Hong Kong compatriots and the country. 'I believe history will treat him fairly and Hong Kong compatriots will never forget him,' Mr Wen said.