Minister dismisses report about Vatican

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Taipei Times
Date: Dec 27, 2016
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter

Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) yesterday dismissed speculation that the Vatican planned

Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee speaks at a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign and National Defense Committee in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

to establish diplomatic ties with China as “reheated leftovers,” saying that the government remains confident in Taipei’s diplomatic relationship with the city-state, despite challenges.

“Regarding Radio France Internationale’s report yesterday [Sunday], the article is actually based on ‘reheated leftovers.’ Allow me to use four words to describe it: Run of the mill,” Lee said on the sidelines of a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign and National Defense Committee yesterday.

Lee said more focus should be placed on the five-day Ninth Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives, which started yesterday in Beijing.

“The new leadership lineup to be announced after the conclusion of the assembly will provide us with more insights,” he said.1

The assembly is deemed to be the most authoritative meeting of China’s state-owned church.

According to local news media, the gathering is to bring together bishops recognized and not recognized by the Vatican, as well as those who are considered illegitimate.   [FULL  STORY]

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