From AP, via the Guardian:
Pope John Paul II once wrote to China’s president and never stopped dreaming of a papal visit to China, Hong Kong’s bishop recalled in an interview published Sunday.
Bishop Joseph Zen said John Paul sent a personal letter to President Jiang Zemin after the Chinese were outraged by sainthood granted by the Vatican in 2000 to 120 martyrs of Chinese religious persecution…
“‘I want to go to China, I want to go to China,”‘ Zen recalled the pontiff telling him during a private audience. “His dream was really China.”