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Analysts: China comes out ahead in Vatican deal


  • Asean+
  • Sunday, 23 Sep 2018

Beijing and the Vatican severed ties in 1951, two years after the Communist Party seized power.

Beijing and the Vatican severed ties in 1951, two years after the Communist Party seized power.

Shanghai (AFP) - The landmark deal between China and the Vatican is a win for Beijing, giving official recognition to bishops appointed by the government despite a crackdown on religion, and potentially softening the ground for full diplomatic relations after 67 years of estrangement, analysts said.

The two sides signed a provisional agreement on Saturday on who gets to name senior churchmen, an issue that has bedevilled ties for decades, and China quickly said it hoped for an improvement in relations.

Beijing , Vatican Communist Party

   

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