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G. Conclusion

164.     Mr President, not long ago, some of our fellow citizens were held hostage in Manila.  Our hearts were wrenched as the tragedy unfolded before our eyes.  Yet, at such a sad time, Hong Kong people showed great nobility and empathy by their support to the families of the victims.  The business sector also selflessly lent a hand by providing free charter flights and other assistance.  This incident prompted us to reflect on our values, and made us realise even more the preciousness of life and relationships. Crises, man-made or natural, happen everywhere.  Happiness and harmony cannot be taken for granted.

165.     Hong Kong has witnessed social division and confrontation in recent years.  Since the Asian financial crisis in 1997, challenges have come one after another, changing people's views on the goals of social development, the allocation of public resources and the pace of democratic development. Diverse views have polarised our society. The widening wealth gap has led to social tension.  As a city economy, Hong Kong is vulnerable to external economic changes.  Facing challenges and competition on all fronts, we cannot afford to be divided.  Only by embracing unity and tolerance will our society progress.

166.     The third-term Hong Kong SAR Government under my leadership adopts a pragmatic and balanced approach to governance.  We strive to ease social tension and adjust our policy objectives and roles from time to time according to practical needs to uphold social justice, maintain an orderly market and protect the disadvantaged.  We are pragmatic and rational in solving problems and forging consensus as far as possible in the community.





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