Fathers’ Day plea to pope for Taiwan

HONG KONG (SE): A letter addressed to Pope Francis from the president of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, Peter Chen, a United States of America (US)-based group for the promotion of freedom, human rights and democracy in Taiwan, is appealing for the Vatican to consider the welfare of the island-state in its diplomatic negotiations with Beijing.

The letter notes that on August 5, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Taipei stated, “It was closely observing developments indicating that the Vatican might be moving closer to establishing diplomatic relations with China” and Chen fears this could mean the severing of ties with Taipei.

“As you are well...