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NOVEMBER 5, 1999 VOL. 25 NO. 44

H O N G  K O N G:
Leung Chun-ying
A Chinese Trio to Watch

Leung Chun-ying
Born 1954
A new breed of politicians and activists are ready to break the shackles of the past, here listed by country:

The People Power Century
Combining idealism and pragmatic political instincts, these leaders are repudiating politics-as-usual

Hong Kong Leung Chun-ying

India Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Chandrababu Naidu

Indonesia Andi Mallarangeng, Munir, and Emmy Hafild

Japan Noda Seiko, Shii Kazuo and Watanabe Yoshimi

Malaysia Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Lim Guan Eng

Philippines Manuel Roxas II and Michael Defensor

Singapore Teo Chee Hean and George Yeo

South Korea Choo Mi Ae, Kim Min Seok and Nam Kyung Pil

Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou and Chen Shui-bian

Thailand Chaturon Chaisang and Abhisit Vejjajiva

Business & Finance
Journeying Beyond the Crisis
Born amidst unparalleled prosperity and tempered by adversity, a new generation of business leaders is poised to take the region to new levels of success in banking, commerce and industry

Marcus Oleniuk for Asiaweek

Leung Chun-ying has the pedigree, the connections and the ambition to be a future leader of Hong Kong. So how come he insists he wants to take things easy and has no interest in standing for chief executive in the election scheduled for 2007? The answer, say those who know him, is that it would be against nature for Leung to show his hand so soon. The 45-year-old millionaire (property) is one of the most cautious and methodical players on the Hong Kong political scene. It's probably no coincidence that his hobby of choice is gardening, an activity where keeping an eye on the weather can decide how things blossom. To the delight of those with a taste for a good metaphor, Leung says he prefers to tend his garden late at night, when everyone else is sleeping. But metaphors do not explain how this British-trained surveyor has risen so high at such a relatively young age. Once nurtured for big things by the colonial administration, Leung later saw his future with China. In the 1980s, he served on the committee that drafted Hong Kong's Basic Law, and was later a senior member of the Preliminary Working Committee, the body that prepared the territory's transition to China. Both powerful positions, but not as influential as the one Leung holds now - head of the Executive Council, the cabinet of top advisers to Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. It is the perfect vantage point from which to watch, wait and survey the political landscape.

Olivine for Asiaweek

A Chinese Trio to Watch
Two are powerful in local government and the third has a big say in the way the state movie industry operates. All three are in their mid-40s and each is tipped to make a mark in the next millennium. Han Zheng, 45, is the youngest-ever vice mayor of Shanghai. A solid Party man, he could soon be heading for Beijing and the post of Minister of Construction. From manager of the Beijing Glassware Factory, Zhang Mao has risen to the position of one of the capital's vice mayors. A no-nonsense technocrat, the 45-year-old son-in-law of former vice premier Gu Mu is described as one of the new breed of Chinese officials. Zhao Shi, the 46-year-old vice director of state film production, has long and unblemished political credentials. If all goes well, an influential post in the Ministry of Propaganda may be ahead.

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