Under China’s “One Country, Two Systems” Policy, Christian Churches in Hong Kong Remain Free to Operate

FILE PHOTO: A believer reads the bible during mass at St. Joseph’s Church, a government-sanctioned Catholic church, in Beijing, China, October 1, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The China-Hong Kong divide takes center stage today as China celebrates 70 years of Communist rule. A major celebration of China’s military and economic might is underway in Tiananmen Square.

Meanwhile, protestors plan to march in Hong Kong despite a police ban, labeling October 1 a “Day of Grief.” China recently increased its paramilitary forces in the semiautonomous region following weeks of civil unrest, Reuters reports.

Asian Access board member Francis Tsui says religious freedom thrives in Hong Kong now, but that could change. “I want the global Church to pray for Christians in China, in Hong Kong,” he requests.

“It is not about what we see. It is about what we see God has been doing.”

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Protests divide Hong Kong

This summer, protests began following a controversial extradition law and its subsequent withdrawal. Demonstrators don’t want Chinese interference; they favor Hong Kong’s autonomy, Tsui explains.

However, some residents see no other option and think Hong Kong should continue under China’s sovereignty.

“What we are seeing, all that has transpired in the last 18 weeks, is a reflection of the divided attitude. It’s a matter of trust and fear of China.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth