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李嘉誠回應撤資聲明 - 此心安處是吾家

Posted in Statement on September 29, 2015 by loso

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經大陸不同官媒早前連日發表文章批評「撤資」後,長和主席李嘉誠終於發表聲明回應,現全文引述如下:

李嘉誠先生就近日一些人對他和集團毫無根據的指責、似是而非的觀點作出回應:

「最近一些人對我本人和集團作出毫無根據的指責,惹來線民及傳媒的關注。在此,我多謝各位的關心,並藉此機會作出回應。首先感謝國內、香港以及國外的朋友對我的肯定和信任,我明白言論自由是一把兩刃刀,因此一篇似是而非的文章,也可引發熱烈討論,這是可以理解的,但文章的文理扭曲,語調令人不寒而慄,深感遺憾。」

集團公共事務部歸納了近日傳媒的查詢,作出以下回應:

1. 為什麼連日受到抨擊也不作回應?

根據我們的分析,是非浪潮來襲之時,正值習近平主席進行國事訪美前夕,我們不想因為李先生的回應,被人借題發揮,引起更廣泛的國際討論。李先生認為,習主席在不同場合多番強調,國家要不斷深化改革,堅定不移提高開放型經濟水準,我們不應讓這些毫無根據的口舌之爭成為焦點,喧賓奪主,沖淡習主席的重要訊息,引起商界和投資者不必要的顧慮;李先生認為,沒有建設性的語言討伐,並不符中國政府不遺餘力推動經濟向前發展的方向和決心。

今次是李先生首次就事件作出回應,網上一切假李先生之名所流傳之文章,均非屬實。

2. 為何頻頻出售內地房地產,但仍否認撤資?

過去十年在香港上市的公司,有超過70%(包括國企)的架構,也選擇離岸設立公司,目的是為了讓企業取得更現代化架構和更高效運作模式;我們做法相同,集團進行重組及于開曼群島成立公司,而集團在港註冊及上市地位不變;李先生個人在重組過程中,並沒有減少持股比例,也沒有從中套現,所謂「撤資」指控,完全不成立。

另外,對於所有投資及出售資產所得的回報,是屬於公司的,並回到股東手中;一如以往,集團將繼續在全球,包括在內地尋找投資機會。過去兩年,集團對全球地產業務持審慎態度,加上內地房地產方面,部份城市出現供求失衡風險,故減少買入土地,但集團在內地的發展中及將發展之總樓面面積遠高於2000萬平方米。

事實上,集團於內地發展中或將發展的土地,90%是從拍賣而來,而90%以上的物業均在建成後出售(酒店除外),只有極少部分保留作收租之用,集團從來也在積極等候土地「交吉」,並沒有囤地(香港亦如是)。減少房地產的投資比重,不等於不投資內地。

其次,在零售方面,集團於全球現擁有逾13,000間零售店鋪,其中內地由兩年前的1300間增加至今天2300間,增幅為77%,擴展步伐迅速。

國家及領導人強調「騰籠換鳥」,深化改革,優化產業,以創新科技驅動經濟增長,我們一直重視全球的優質投資機會和支持人才帶來的發展機會,長和系在港口、基建、零售、科技及金融等方面的發展正大舉前進。

習主席最近提倡「一帶一路」政策,鼓勵企業「走出去」,所以集團投資海外業務,與國家政策並無抵觸,而且集團的股東也清楚,海外投資的盈利均屬香港上市公司所有,最終通過派息,能令股東受惠。集團以香港為家,於1980年代已開始在國際投資及發展電訊、貨櫃碼頭、能源、零售、水廠、電網、地產、火車、飛機租賃等業務,遍及52個國家,這是集團同仁30多年努力經營的成果。

3. 內地官媒多次作出抨擊,李先生與中央關係是否有變?

李先生對中央堅定不移繼續改革開放,致力優化營商環境有信心,並不相信文革式思維復蘇;個別人士的言行,不代表國家方向。習主席多次強調中國將繼續維持深化改革的堅定承諾,擴大開放;李先生對中國充滿信心,對習主席沉穩的領導能力深感佩服。

4. 部份抨擊言論質疑你「不愛國」,有何回應?

李先生兒時歷經戰亂,然後目睹國家改革三十多年翻天覆地的變化,國家天天進步,內心觸動不已。對於一切是是非非,李先生雖感到痛心,但認為蘇軾及白居易說得好:「此心安處是吾家」以及 「我身本無鄉,心安是歸處」。

「萬變社會,不變承諾」是李嘉誠先生在1980年創立基金會時對自己的格言,他更於2006年宣佈基金會是他的第三個兒子,當年已把三分一資產,即超過90億美元投放於基金會。基金會致力推動奉獻文化,至今捐出逾170億港元,當中87%用於大中華地區,還傾注大量時間、心血,對有利於中華民族的事業,過去、現在、未來,宗旨不渝。

主要專案包括創辦汕頭大學,於廣東引入以色列理工學院,推動國家高校教育改革,帶動國家創新產業發展,為主導未來作好準備;基金會同時重視醫療研究及服務,鼓勵探索追求健康的世界,項目包括內地「人間有情」寧養計畫,協助全國貧困家庭唇齶裂兒童康復的「重生行動」,以及協助殘障人士的「長江新里程」等等。

 

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Mr Li Ka-shing would like to respond to recent misleading viewpoints criticizing our Group of withdrawing from China, which generated immense interest and discussion in the media and on the internet.

 

Mr Li is grateful to a lot of his friends from China, Hong Kong and all over the world who have repeatedly expressed to him their trust, support and concern. Mr Li understands that “Broader Freedom of expression gives voice to everyone – regrettably even for false accusations”. The following summarises our response to the many questions as requested by the media.

 

  1. Why have you not responded earlier amidst the barrage of criticisms?

 

We want to avoid this wave of misinformation thwarting President Xi Jingping’s message on deepening of economic reforms during his state visit to USA. President Xi has on many occasions stressed that China will stay committed to the path of reforms and opening up; we are vigilant not to let these unfounded allegations escalate to cause investors’ concerns and militate against President Xi’s positive message to the business community and investors at large. Mr Li believes that the Chinese government is dedicated to deepening of economic reforms and openness. The dated viewpoints and negative language used in the article are not representative of the progressive economic policies of the Chinese government.

 

This is our first response to the brouhaha, other articles circulating on the web are not responses from us.

 

  1. How can you deny withdrawing when you are selling mainland property developments?

 

For over ten years, over 70% of the companies listing in Hong Kong (including Mainland State Owned Enterprises) have chosen to register using BVI vehicles. The reason for companies to choose this method is for greater flexibility. The reorganisation of our Group using Cayman Islands companies does not change the fact that the Group is still registered and listed in Hong Kong. Mr Li, through the reorganisation process has not reduced his holdings nor reaped any proceeds, therefore there is no truth in the “withdrawal” accusations.

 

Furthermore, proceeds from normal business activities are returned to the Company’s shareholders. The Company, as always, will continue to look for investment opportunities around the world including Mainland China. Over the past two years, the Group has been more prudent towards property investments as certain property markets in the Mainland have supply and demand imbalances. To date, the Group property projects are about 20 million square meters gross floor area.

 

90% of the land acquisitions of our Group in Mainland China are through auctions and 90% of the properties developed (with the exception of hotel projects) are sold. Only a very small portion is kept for rental revenues. The Group has never hoarded empty lots, we are always eagerly awaiting to take possession of the land we auctioned for development. Reducing property investments does not imply we are not investing in the Mainland.

 

Our Group has over 13,000 retail stores worldwide and over the past 24 months, the Group has grown its number of retail stores in the Mainland rapidly by 77% from 1300 to 2300 stores.

 

Chinese leaders have likened the deepening of economic reforms and innovations to the morphing nature of the bird cage and the cyclically regeneration or rebirth of the phoenix. Our Group has always been on the lookout globally for investment opportunities and support innovation, we will continue to invest in ports, infrastructure, retail, technology and financial opportunities.

 

One Belt, One Road (also know as the Belt and Road Initiative) development strategy as outlined by President Xi encourages companies to broaden investments outside China. Since 1980s, Hutchison has been proactive in seizing global investment opportunities in telecom, ports, natural resources, retails, water, grid, real estate, leasing and to date is operating in 52 countries.

 

  1. Has Mr Li’s relationship with the Central Government turned sour now that official Mainland media have repeatedly criticized him?

 

We are confident that the leadership in China is and will commit to improving governance and continue on a path of economic reform. Individual viewpoints expressed in the article are not in line with the reform sentiments.

 

  1. What is Mr Li’s response to criticism that he is “unpatriotic”?

 

Mr Li grew up amid the turmoil of war – the great tug of war with destiny and the taste of poverty are memories hard to forget. Now we are witnessing the phenomenal growth of China, He believes together we can build a wonderful world for everyone, for generations to live with dignity, freedom and happiness in our beautiful and beloved country.

 

These false accusations pained him, but he can always find always find solace in the words of great poets Su Shi (蘇軾) and Bai Ju Yi (白居易), “Home is where the heart dwells and home is where one’s heart can find peace.”

 

“Changing Times, Unchanging Promise” was the guideline of the Li Ka Shing Foundation Mr Li founded in 1980. In 2006, he announced that he considers the Foundation to be his “third son”, and pledged to donate one-third of his assets, or about US$9 billion, to the Foundation. The Foundation is committed to cultivating a culture of giving, and has granted over HK$17 billion, 87% of which benefits projects in the Greater China region. Whether in the past, present or future, Mr Li dedicates a vast amount of his personal time and effort to advancing initiatives that benefit China and her people.

 

Shantou University, one of the Foundation’s keystone projects, is collaborating with Tehnion – Island Institute of Technology, to instigate reforms in the mainland’s tertiary education sector and to spearhead the country’s innovation industries into the future.

 

Initiatives dedicated to advancing medical research and services for a healthier world also continue to be a primary focus of the Foundation. Major projects include “Heart of Gold” – National Hospice Service Program, Project New Life, to provide free cleft lip and palate operations for children from impoverished families, and Cheung Kong New Milestone Program, to support people with disabilities.

 

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