He will move quickly once changes to the term become law, say insiders Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is expected to announce his bid to become the new chief executive on May 26 - the day after a change to the chief executive's tenure is due to be passed into law. Sources said the acting chief executive, who is in Beijing to attend the Fortune Global Forum, would finalise his election plans after returning to Hong Kong. Mr Tsang did not make any public comment yesterday. He, along with Macau Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah and more than 60 senior corporate executives, is scheduled to meet President Hu Jintao tonight. Mr Tsang met a state leader last night, according to Yau Tsim Mong District Council chairman Henry Chan Man-yu. The leader was not identified. Mr Chan and other district councillors who are visiting Beijing met Mr Tsang after his arrival in the capital yesterday. Mr Tsang has been inching towards the campaign trail as mainland officials stepped up their lobbying of Election Committee members to support him. One said: 'It's a hard-sell of [the qualities of] Donald Tsang. He has no problem getting nominations. It'll be a different story if members are allowed to cast a vote.' Another said mainland officials had urged financial services legislator Chim Pui-chung not to run. Mr Chim, who has indicated his intention to contest the election, plans to hold a press conference on his bid tomorrow. Democratic Party chairman Lee Wing-tat is still struggling to win the required 100 nominations to enter the race. A source close to Mr Tsang said an announcement of his bid would come soon after May 25. 'Time is running short. There's no reason for further delay after May 25.' A bill seeking to limit the term of the new chief executive to the remainder of Tung Chee-hwa's term is scheduled to be put to a vote in Legco on May 25. Stonewalling questions about his election plans, Mr Tsang has said repeatedly his first and foremost task was to ensure passage of the bill. An official said: 'The pressure on Donald to make clear his bid will mount immediately after the passage of the bill. Besides, doing things quickly is Donald's style.' The Electoral Affairs Commission plans to announce details of the nomination process, which will last for two weeks from June 3, and election guidelines on May 26. Mr Tsang will have to quit the government when he stands for election as the law requires principal officials to resign before campaigning. Quiet preparations for launching Mr Tsang's election campaign are already under way. Led by former secretary for financial services Rafael Hui Si-yan, a small team of Tsang aides has held brainstorming sessions in the past two weeks to map out his election platform and strategy. Mr Hui is widely tipped to become chief secretary after Mr Tsang is elected chief executive. Sources said the team had explored ideas such as a revamp of the Executive Council and the introduction of a new layer of deputy ministers, or political advisers, but no decision had been made. One principal official said Mr Tsang's platform would be reassuring, with no drastic change of policy. Details of the election team and the setting up of a campaign office in Central will be finalised this week. The team will include the former deputy chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Norman Chan Tak-lam, who quit recently saying he wanted to take a 'mid-life sabbatical'.