Tung praised for laying the foundation of city's prosperity At a meeting with President Hu Jintao , former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa received praise for accomplishments during his time in office. 'Serving as the chief executive for nearly eight years, [Mr Tung] had completed abundant fundamental tasks for the successful implementation of 'one country, two systems',' Mr Hu said. 'Hong Kong's prosperity cannot be separated from the foundation laid by Mr Tung.' He also praised Mr Tung for taking up his position with the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference with great passion and expressed hope that Mr Tung would continue to show concern for matters related to Hong Kong. Now a vice-chairman of the CPPCC, Mr Tung said the city's prosperity did not come easily. 'It is a result of the economic assistance offered by the central government as well as the support from people throughout the whole nation.' Hui backs his successor Chief Secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan yesterday said he had full confidence in his successor, Henry Tang Ying-yen. Serving his last day in the post, Mr Hui greeted Mr Tang as 'today's financial secretary, tomorrow's chief secretary' and hailed his personality. 'He is calm when handling matters, with a modest character and always ready for commitment,' Mr Hui said. 'I have full confidence in him.' Commenting on his two-year term as chief secretary, Mr Hui said the government had a clear objective, which was to be responsive to public needs. 'We base our policy-making process on public opinion,' he said. Visits underline city's importance President Hu Jintao said state leaders' repeated visits to Hong Kong since the handover illustrated the city's importance to the central government. During a meeting with representatives of Chinese-owned enterprises, he noted that former president Jiang Zemin had visited Hong Kong four times since 1997, while other state leaders, including Wu Bangguo , Wen Jiabao , Jia Qinglin and Zeng Qinghong had also come to the city. The president also said 'one country, two systems' was a new concept that was to be improved through implementation.