The former chief executive of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang, has said that Financial Secretary John Tsang “works hard for Hong Kong” in the final part of an interview with the Chinese language newspaper AM730.

John Tsang is frequently asked if he would run for Chief Executive, and has said that he would be willing to run for the position if he believes that he “can contribute to Hong Kong.” However, he also said that he had to “carefully consider” whether he would run.

Tsang in 2008. Photo: GovHK.

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Tsang also shook hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit, which further fuelled speculation the supposed symbolism. Tung Chee-hwa and Donald Tsang both received handshakes from then Chinese leaders Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao respectively.

John Tsang during the RTHK interview. Photo: Screenshot.

Donald Tsang said that John Tsang was an old friend, and that they have been friends for more than thirty years. John Tsang was the director of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong’s Office before becoming a Financial Secretary of the territory in 2007.

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.