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And I can understand that the pope is really naïve.He doesn't know the Chinese communists," he told Life Site News."Unfortunately, the people around him are not good at all. And I'm afraid that they may sell out our underground Church. In its desire for total control of the Church, Zen said Beijing is painting a negative picture of the underground faithful as "troublemakers."Zen ultimately fears the deal would "give too much decision power to the government," endangering Catholics in the country who do not want to submit to state oversight in their worship.
Ultimate authority rests with the 25-member Political Bureau (Politburo) of the CCP and its nine-member Standing Committee.Hu Jintao holds the three most powerful positions as CCP general secretary, president, and chairman of the Central Military Commission.Civilian authorities generally maintained effective control of the security forces.On May 3, authorities notified Fu Changping's family that he died in an RTL facility in Jixi, Heilongjiang Province.Although facility officials claimed he died "normally," Fu’s family said his body was covered in cuts and bruises.In April 2009 the People's Procuratorate (SPP) disclosed that at least 15 prisoners died "unnatural deaths" under unusual circumstances as of the 2009 disclosure.
According to a Chinese press report, seven of the prisoners died of beatings, three were classified as suicides, two were described as accidents, and three remained under investigation.
Arbitrary or Unlawful Deprivation of Life During the year security forces reportedly committed arbitrary or unlawful killings.
No official statistics on deaths in custody were available.
As in previous years, citizens did not have the right to change their government.
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Cardinal Joseph Zen, the retired Bishop of Hong Kong, has warned the Vatican against forging an agreement with the Chinese government that would grant it significant power over the Catholic Church in the country.