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China claims Vatican prepared to sever ties with Taiwan

February 20, 2008

By P. Parameswaran

WASHINGTON (AFP) – China said Wednesday it had learned that the Vatican was prepared to sever all relations with Taiwan in order to forge long-suspended diplomatic ties with Beijing.

The sun sets over St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. China ...
The sun sets over St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. China said Wednesday it had learned that the Vatican was prepared to sever all relations with Taiwan in order to forge long-suspended diplomatic ties with Beijing.
(AFP/File/Christophe Simon)

Ye Xiaowen, China’s minister of state administration of religious affairs, said after talks with the Vatican’s envoy in Washington that Pope Benedict XVI was also prepared to discuss Beijing’s insistence that the administration of the Catholic Church in China is an internal matter.Beijing has imposed….

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Peace and Freedom comment: Sounds like state-controlled media hogwash or Beijing dream machine to us!

Papal trip to China “unthinkable”: Vatican official

February 20, 2008
By Phil Stewart

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A trip by Pope Benedict to China would be “unthinkable” at the moment because there is not enough religious freedom there, a Vatican official said on Wednesday.

Benedict XVI

The Pontiff has made improving ties with Beijing a major goal of his pontificate and last year a senior figure in China’s state-controlled church said he hoped the German-born Pope would make a landmark visit there.

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The Vatican and the government of communist Vietnam also have a well known dispute.