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Director retires

(Hong Kong, 18 December 2003) Hutchison Whampoa Limited (the "Company") announces that Mr Li Fook-wo, CBE, LLD, DSSc, FCIB, FHKIB, JP will retire from his position as Independent Non-executive Director of the Company with effect from 1 January 2004.

Mr Li has served on the Board of the Company since 1977, and on the Board of A.S. Watson, a subsidiary group company in 1953. The Board wishes to take this opportunity to express its utmost gratitude and appreciation to Mr Li for his many substantial and invaluable contributions to the Company and its subsidiaries during the past 50 years.

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About Hutchison Whampoa Limited

Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), one of the largest companies listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, is the holding company of the Hutchison Whampoa Group of companies. As one of the earliest big "hongs", or trading companies, in Hong Kong, Hutchison's history dates back to the 1800s. Today, HWL is a multi-national conglomerate with businesses spanning 39 countries. With around 167,000 employees worldwide, Hutchison operates and invests in five core businesses: ports and related services; telecommunications; property and hotels; retail and manufacturing; and energy and infrastructure.

Its flagship companies include Hutchison Port Holdings, Hutchison Telecom, Hutchison Whampoa Properties, A.S. Watson, and Cheung Kong Infrastructure. In 2002, HWL's consolidated revenue was HK$111,129 million (US$14,247 million).

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