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'Morning Edition' Returns: Hong Kong Gets the Finger

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'Morning Edition' Returns: Hong Kong Gets the Finger

'Morning Edition' Returns: Hong Kong Gets the Finger

'Morning Edition' Returns: Hong Kong Gets the Finger

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People across China are celebrating Buddha's birthday, but the celebration came with some controversy in Hong Kong. The Chinese government marked the event by sending the city a present: one of Buddha's fingers, mounted in a glass case for public display. Some leaders in the former British colony denounced the gesture, saying the Communist government is trying to win over the populace, while denying them democracy.