In what was seen as his first public rebuke of Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Chinese President Hu Jintao said Tung Chee Hwa's administration should consider "Hong Kong's overall and long-term interest and the interest of the nation" and "strive to improve livelihoods and push ahead with economic development, and maintain social stability." Hu made the comments, with Tung only meters away, after presiding over the fifth anniversary of Macau's handover to China. The remarks came on the heels of a series of gaffes, the latest being Hong Kong's decision to shelve plans to list public housing assets as a real estate investment trust after tenants opposed to the move appeared to prove the move would be in violation of Hong Kong law.
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