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      09-23-2018, 06:23 PM   #82
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China Catholic bishops: Historic deal with Vatican reached.

Pope Francis has recognised seven bishops appointed by China as part of a historic accord to improve ties between the Vatican and the communist country.

Taipei said it had been assured by Rome that the deal was "not of a political or diplomatic nature" and would not affect their 76-year-old diplomatic relationship.
Interesting and definitely a landmark deal for Beijing.
Remember that Beijing recently has been poaching Taipei's allies in recent years.
Speculation in Taiwan has been that the People's Republic of China and the Vatican are moving closer towards officially diplomatic relations.
The Vatican is the only remaining European sovereign state that recognizes the ROC government in Taipei.
Taipei has been given assurance by the Vatican that this is not the case, but we'll see.
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