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Two steps forward, one step back: Vatican diplomacy with China

Michael Sainsbury 
When Deng Xiaoping took charge of the Chinese Communist Party in late 1978 and announced his programme of reform, it was the beginning of the end of 39 years of isolation for China’s Christians.

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Sino-Vatican provisional deal signed

HONG KONG (SE): The Vatican announced on September 22 that a Provisional Agreement between the Holy-See and China on the appointment of bishops had been signed at a meeting by Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, undersecretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States, and Wang Chao, deputy minister for Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, the heads of the delegation of the Holy See and China. 

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