Beijing authorities allow Catholic seminarians study to study in Europe or the US, but not in Hong Kong. In 1998 more than 100 Chinese seminarians set out for studies in the West, but only 2 were registered to study in Hong Kong.
It's felt that the Government does not like the fact that in Hong Kong students learn too much too easily, and return to the mainland armed with readily adaptible knowledge acquired in a Chinese cultural environment. Those going abroad are handicapped by language and the lack of cultural relevance to the Chinese context of much of what they learn.
One seminarian who did manage to study in Hong Kong, Roger Liu, told its Sunday Examiner newspaper: "Hong Kong is too like China, it has the same language, Cantonese spoken in southern mainland areas, and similar culture and customs. The people and society are similar, so is parish experience."