Vatican Wants China Ties But Will Stick by Taiwan – Reuters

From Reuters via the Washington Post:

The will move to resume relations with China after more than half a century if religious freedom is allowed but it will not abandon China’s diplomatic rival , an official said on Tuesday.

The Vatican, which Taiwan sees as an important ally as it fights for international legitimacy against China, would seek to restore an apostolic nunciature in Beijing for the first time since the Communist Party began ruling China in 1949, said Monsignor Ambrose Madtha, charge d’affaires at the Vatican’s diplomatic mission in Taipei.

But the Vatican would seek to keep a delegate in Taiwan, he said. Taiwan split from China in 1949 after the civil war that brought the Communists to power, and the Vatican went with it.[Full Text]

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