Benjamin So Ka-ho, 17 Wah Yan College, Kowloon Mikhail Gorbachev. The former leader of the Soviet Union. He was the first one to make efforts to ease the Cold War tension. By loosening the Soviet hegemony, he successfully ended the Cold War. During his office, he made momentous reforms by introducing freedom and democracy to the stagnant communist country. It was this 'New thinking' I admire him for. Gloria Chan Sau-ming, 17 Sacred Heart Canossian College The political leader that I admire most is the Soviet leader Gorbachev. This is because I appreciate his effort after he became the new Soviet leader in 1985. Gorbachev put emphasis on solving economic problems and domestic problems at home rather than spreading communism abroad. It was he who improved the Soviet relationship with other countries and helped in bringing the Cold War to an end. Jeffrey Chiu Po-ping, 15 La Salle College The political leader I admire the most is Julius Caesar. At the peak of the Roman expansion his conquests extended all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. But it wasn't his military genius, which impressed me the most but his self-confidence. I read once that when he was kidnapped he had said to his captors that he was worth more than the ransom they demanded, a show of great self-confidence. With self-confidence like that I would be able to laugh off any of my tests! Magan Suen Wing-ying, 17 Sacred Heart Canossian College My most admired political leader is Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the former president of the African National Congress and South Africa. I admire the courage he had to oppose discrimination and launch campaigns in order to free the black people oppressed by the whites in Africa. Apart from his bravery, I also hold the highest regard for his determination because even though he was sent to jail, he did not give up on his dream. Amy Wong Wing-yee, 14 Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College I admire Mao Zedong most because he gave birth to the People's Republic of China. He upheld communism and made sure the Chinese had adequate clothing and food in the 1950s and 1960s. Even though I don't think highly of communism, I believe what Mao did was suitable then. After all, China is a developing country founded on agriculture. What people actually wanted was satisfied in full. He promoted the advancement of China indirectly. He aimed for the welfare of the state. Ho Yin-shan, 15 King George V School The King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuk. Not only does he try to increase the happiness of his nation, but he tries his best to preserve the country's traditions and resist foreign exploitation. What is so impressive is that he voluntarily gave up absolute power for the good of his citizens - an amazingly generous act in a world where every ruler seeks to gain as much power as possible. Cary Tsang Siu-man, 16 Raimondi College Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran. In a traditional Islamic country he has promoted several innovative policies on economy, housing, science and women's rights irrespective of national and worldwide pressure. The boldness of his beliefs also fascinates me - in light of initiating nuclear programmes for energy production, he faced immense pressure from the US and the United Nations. Still, he handled and rebutted their accusations boldly.