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    The Catholic Church has renewed a deal it made two years ago with China – which is an officially atheist Communist state – concerning bishops there. The agreement now gives the Pope the final say over the appointment of them. But Beijing is the one who gets to come up with the choices. Chinese authorities had previously selected bishops without the say of the Vatican. And a division formed between state-sanctioned clergy — and underground bishops who operated outside state control. The former bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, has spoken up about this. A pro-democrat, he has expressed concern over the Church’s engagement with China. DW’s Joyce Lee interviewed Cardinal Zen.

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    In This Story: Hong Kong

    Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

    Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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