SENIOR Hong Kong Government officials have moved to shore up support for the future of business after 1997, telling Vietnamese counterparts in Hanoi that the territory's trade and investment agreements will remain untouched. Deputy political adviser John Ashton told Vietnamese trade officials that while Hong Kong was guaranteed a high-degree of self-rule in all its affairs, that power would be complete in terms of the economy. Trade and industry secretary Brian Chau told Deputy Vietnamese Prime Minister Tran Duc Luong that the time was now right for Hong Kong and Vietnam to develop ties across the board. Mr Chau and Mr Ashton were in Hanoi as part of Hong Kong's first all-government mission to Vietnam to boost trade and investment ties. The delegation included Director-General of Industry Denise Yue and Deputy Secretary for Economic Services Elizabeth Bosher. 'It's in China's interests to allow Hong Kong to continue its role as such a dynamic force. 'There will be no change to the relationship between Vietnam and Hong Kong, it will continue to grow and develop. 'All trade and investment agreements shall continue,' Mr Ashton said. Hong Kong tops the investment list with Taiwan, with nearly 200 projects now in operation involving capital pledges of US$1.75 billion. However, while Hong Kong investors were among the first when Vietnam opened its doors in 1988, it also boasted the highest number of revoked investment licences because of many early speculators. Hong Kong investors also faced growing competition from big-ticket Japanese and European investment, which had been moving into Vietnam over the last six months. Mr Chau said he knew Hong Kong businesses could operate without government support, but it was vital he broaden all ties because the country was now a player of such valuable potential.