China Welcomes Pope’s Message of Admiration
China is “open and positive” in developing its relationship with the Vatican and appreciates Pope Francis’ “friendliness and good will,” the Chinese foreign ministry said on Thursday.
On a return flight to Rome after a visit to Japan, the pontiff told reporters that “I would like to go to Beijing, I love China,” according to a transcript released by the city-state’s Vatican News.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang responded at a regular press conference that “we saw the reports and appreciate the Pope’s friendliness and good will.”
“China and the Vatican city-state have good communication, and we are pleased with the improvement in our relations,” Geng said. “China is sincere and positive in advancing China-Vatican relationship. We welcome and are open to exchange between the two countries.”
In September 2018, China and the Vatican signed a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops in Beijing, the state Xinhua News Agency reported, citing a foreign ministry statement.
China and the Vatican will continue to maintain contact and push forward the process of improving bilateral ties, the statement said.
The Vatican doesn't maintain a diplomatic relationship with the People's Republic of China.
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