Instead of relying on a person, we should place our trust in the people. In unity, we shall rebuild hope in Hong Kong.
Trust, Unity, Hope
What we need is to rebuild trust, reestablish unity and rekindle hope. The situation in Hong Kong today cannot be resolved by mere force and aggression; it requires restraint and moderation, on the part of everyone.
A great Hong Kong means that the people here should be able to lead happy lives, and see Hong Kong as their home for generations to come.
A great Hong Kong would be a place brimming with vigour and vibrancy. It would be a place where young people are able to see a future for themselves, a place where they wish to raise a family and a place where their hard work would be duly rewarded.
Upholding Our Core Values
We became a great city because of our core values which include the rule of law, fairness, integrity, freedom, democracy, diversity, inclusiveness and caring for others. As the custodian of these values and strengths, the Government must refrain from undue interference, and provide at the appropriate juncture the necessary conditions for our economy to become even more balanced and more diverse.
"Today I am standing before you, the 7.35 million people of Hong Kong, not as a single person , but as a team of committed Hong Kong citizens with a common vision: to work together to make our city an even greater place to live."
21 April 1951
Born in Hong Kong, lived in Sai Yeung Choi Street during his childhood and studied at La Salle College (Primary and Secondary school).
At the age of 13, immigrated to the United States with his parents and continued his studies there.
Graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and worked as an architect in Boston, USA.
Obtained a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education from Boston State College, made a career switch to teaching and later served as a special advisor to the Boston Public Schools Board. While living in the United States, met his wife Lynn Tsang (née Wong) while doing volunteer work. They have two children Terence and Prudence.
Was awarded a Master’s degree in Public Administration by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and under the encouragement of classmate Mr. Donald Tsang, elected to return to Hong Kong.
Joined the Hong Kong government as an Administrative Officer. Started his civil service career as Assistant District Officer in Shatin.
Was appointed the Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London.
Was nominated by the Chief Executive, Mr. Tung Chee-hwa, as Commissioner of Customs and Excise.
2001 - 2006
Held offices as Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands; Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands; and Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology.
Was nominated by the then Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, as Financial Secretary, a position that he has held for more than nine years.
19 January 2017
Announced his decision to run for Chief Executive in the 2017 CE election.
"Where others see a depressing situation, I see courage in changing the course of history; where others see a society torn apart, I see dawn at the end of a long dark night. You may choose not to trust me to do it alone, but you must trust the collective faith and good will of all of us.If I can see a future for Hong Kong, so can we all."