Thursday, May 31, 2007

A Long Series of Frustrations

Since one of my cousins is a priest in Hong Kong, I have great interest in the Church in China and in Hong Kong.

Catholic News Service is reporting that Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong says that Chinese rule is affecting life in Hong Kong.

For people in Hong Kong, the first 10 years of Chinese rule has been "a long series of frustrations," said Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun."

On the surface, everything is like before," Cardinal Zen told Catholic News Service in Washington May 30. However, he added, Chinese government authorities "are not keeping their promises."

For instance, he said, although universal suffrage is contained in the Basic Law, the miniconstitution that governs Hong Kong until 2047, Chinese officials ruled out direct elections of the Hong Kong chief executive in 2007 and the special administrative region's legislature in 2008.

Read the complete article here.

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