hong kong still had substantial foreign reserves to fall back on.
香港的生活指数自1998年以来下降了15%. the cost of living in hong kong had fallen by about 15 per cent since 1998.
香港金融管理局总裁任志刚hong kong monetary authority chief executive， joseph yam chi-kwong
the city risked losing its status as an international financial centre if it failed to change with the times.
several major hong kong companies posted firm results for the first half yesterday， confirming that the recovery in the economy continues largely undeterred by tightening measures on the mainland and surging oil prices.
the benchmark hang seng index is at its highest level since mid-2001 while property prices have bounced 20 per cent since hitting bottom in the first half of last year.
倚重半导体工业heavily dependent on the semi-conductor industry
消费物价指数consumer price index
特许公认会计师公会the association of chartered certified accountants（acca）