It was a scene reminiscent of the reprimand Tung Chee-hwa and his ministers received from President Hu Jintao in Macau last November. The sea change since then, however, was clear to see when Zeng Qinghong addressed Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and his team last night. Mr Zeng congratulated the ruling team for their hard work while expressing a wish for them to do even better. His remarks were the clearest sign yet that Beijing feels satisfied with the city's development and is relaxed after eight years of economic and political shocks. Mr Hu had urged the Tung team to reflect on their inadequacies. The episode was seen as a sign of Beijing's growing impatience with Mr Tung. The rest is history. In his remarks to Mr Tsang and his team yesterday, Mr Zeng struck an upbeat, moderate yet positive message and tone. He steered clear of controversial issues such as constitutional reform and June 4 commemorative activities. And bearing in mind the backlash that Beijing leaders had to face after initially praising Mr Tung, Mr Zeng avoided rhetorical niceties. In the first visit by a state leader for more than two years, Mr Zeng sought to give the message that the city was back on the right track. Stability, unity and harmony are, therefore, vital to consolidate the achievements and seek further improvement. Embarking on a charm offensive on his arrival on Saturday - saying 'my heart is always with Hong Kong' - the vice-president sought to convince people of Beijing's whole-hearted support for Hong Kong. His meeting with monetary officials and presence as officiating guest at Disneyland were calculated to show Beijing's continued support for the two pillars of the economy - financial services and tourism. With the soft-handed approach to assist Hong Kong's economic development remaining unchanged, Beijing has revised its hardball tactics towards the democratic opposition by relaxing its no-contact policy. Barring the expected protest by 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung at the banquet, the restraint of the mainstream democrats and Mr Zeng's moderate remarks showed there had been no missteps in their journey of reconciliation.