Some executive decisions are trickier than others for tycoon on the street In most modern societies, political polling is directed at the man (or woman) on the street. Not so in Hong Kong, where it appears only tycoons are asked who they want to be Chief Executive. But it appears even they are not completely free to choose. On Wednesday, Cheung Kong and Hutchison chairman Li Ka-shing qualified an earlier apparent declaration of support for Donald Tsang Yam-kuen as Chief Executive, saying he did not mean that other officials - including Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen and Secretary for Education and Manpower Arthur Li Kwok-cheung - would not also be good choices. Mr Li suggested he had been caught off-guard in his earlier comments. 'Someone asked me if I support Donald Tsang to be Chief Executive,' he complained. 'I must say yes. How do I dare not say yes?' Hmmm. Sounds like someone up north has given even Hong Kong's richest man some unsolicited advice. Superman soars above politics On another front, Mr Li noted that he would not contemplate running for the Chief Executive's job himself, even if he were 20 years younger. A businessman with countless ties, he said, could not free himself from either the gratitude or resentment he had engendered over the course of his career. Yet the likes of George W. Bush and Tung Chee-hwa both managed to cross the business-politics divide. So how did they avoid Mr Li's maxim. Perhaps it had to do with the fact that, unlike Hong Kong's Superman, they were both failed businessmen. Lights dimmed When it rains it pours at China Everbright, which might have been better named China Everdark. The mainland conglomerate issued a profit warning, saying associate Everbright Bank racked up large losses last year because of an increase in provisions including exposure to China Aviation Oil. That's a bit odd considering that in January Everbright Bank reported a 41 per cent increase in annual net profit last year to 1.15 billion yuan. The reason for the discrepancy lies in the mainland's rather more lenient accounting standards. Makes you think twice about claims that financial sector reform in China is going from strength to strength, doesn't it? 3G aims to bridge the generation gap If you thought that third-generation mobile services are for hip young things only, think again. Yesterday, CSL launched its second mobile drama series, this time a third-generation version of an older-generation favourite - A Sentimental Journey, featuring the ever-popular Connie Chan Po-chu. On the stage, Chan played the role of her operatic mentor Yam Kim-fai, the most respected Cantonese opera star from the 1960s and 1970s. Plenty of Hong Kong baby-boomers treasure the bond Yam enjoys with her working partner Pak Suet-sin in the same way as older folks wilt over Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara and Clark Gable's Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind. The only trouble is that you may need to deliver a lengthy tutorial to your parents on how to download video clips. Praise that could lead to hang-up Following personnel changes at the top of China's telecommunications industry is a dizzy affair. In January, China Unicom chairman Wang Jianzhou was dispatched to China Mobile. There he replaced Wang Xiaochu, who moved to China Telecom. In its 2004 company report, Unicom cited Mr Wang's departure as a 'milestone' in its development. We think they meant it well, though.