Whether Donald Tsang Yam-kuen can fulfil Beijing's plan to balance the interests of rival political and business groups will depend on how he shares power in his new administration, one academic believes. Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, professor of public administration at City University and a co-founder of the Democratic Party, said Beijing's plan to soothe grievances among both the pro-Beijing and pro-democracy camps had had some success, with Mr Tsang becoming chief executive uncontested. 'On the surface, Donald Tsang's becoming the chief executive has made everyone happy. This is what the central government has planned. But the question now is whether this can be maintained,' Professor Cheung said. Under Tung Chee-hwa's administration, it was an open secret that the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong was disgruntled: it was blamed for policy failings, yet had to publicly defend the government because of its status as the pro-Beijing flagship and its role in the Executive Council. On the other hand, the pro-business Liberal Party was also dissatisfied: while often asked by the government to support its policies as a part of a 'ruling coalition', the favour was not always returned when the Liberals lobbied on behalf of business. 'It is likely that Mr Tsang will share more power with the DAB and the Liberals, but if they continue to be treated as rubber stamps, problems will arise,' Professor Cheung said. 'Although the DAB [will] have no choice but to continue to support Mr Tsang because of its pro-Beijing position, Mr Tsang [will] not totally disregard them and show bias towards other parties, especially the Liberals,' he said. Both parties are set to be given seats on a strategic policy-forming commission, if not more representation in the Executive Council. The pro-democracy camp has also achieved much despite Lee Wing-tat's failure to force a contested election for chief executive. 'Lee Wing-tat got what he wanted - since when did you see his name being mentioned every day in all the newspapers? Spending $100,000 for a publicity campaign is well worth the money,' one core Democratic Party member said. The party's position is that Mr Lee has fulfilled the task of promoting a more democratic election system by joining the 'small-circle' election. Professor Cheung said it would also be a welcome development if moderate democrats such as members of the Article 45 Concern Group of lawyers were invited into Mr Tsang's cabinet. Legislators have said they would be willing to consider such offers, if central questions such as rules of collective responsibility and confidentiality of the cabinet can be changed.