By: Lee Ming-zong and Kuan-lin Liu
Taipei, Feb. 3 (CNA) Dialogue between the Holy See and China, especially regarding the
appointment of Chinese bishops, does not mean that the two countries will establish diplomatic ties, Archbishop of Taipei John Hung Shan-chuan (洪山川) said Saturday, commenting on media reports of a significant breakthrough in China-Vatican ties.
Reuters reported Thursday that a framework accord between the two countries on the appointment of bishops in China was ready and “could be signed in a few months,” citing an unnamed senior Vatican source.
The report said that even a partial resolution of that contentious issue could open the way for the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Vatican and China.