US President Biden (from the left) is expected to meet Pope Francis in the G20. Although the Holy See tends to have dialogue with China, the Chinese leader Xi Jinping has pressured the Holy See to diplomacy with Taiwan, and the three-party relations are entangled.Picture: Retrieved from Facebook/new head shell synthesis
“China wants us to sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan and promises to establish diplomatic relations with us; but we insist that Beijing must first allow us to set up an embassy in Beijing, and then slowly examine its relationship with the Taipei government.” An anonymous high-level person from the Vatican revealed in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that this is the first time that Vatican diplomacy has linked Sino-Vatican relations with Taiwan. The report pointed out that the Holy See is caught between worship and Xi, resisting China’s pressure on Taiwan.
The report pointed out that, for the first time, the issue of Vatican-China relations and relations with Taiwan has received a clear framework from the top diplomatic leaders of the Holy See; tensions between the United States and China are increasing, and the Pope of Rome and Taiwan are once again caught in a confrontation between the United States and China. The “Evening Post” quoted the anonymous diplomatic officials of the Holy See as saying that because China has not fulfilled the requirements of the Holy See, it can only temporarily “maintain the status quo.”
Three years ago, Pope Franciscus signed a secret agreement with the negotiators of Chinese leader Xi Jinping, hoping to resolve the crisis of splitting the Catholic Church in China. The content of the Vatican-China agreement is not equal. The Holy See agreed to Beijing to appoint a bishop loyal to the government. Attacks also chilled the underground church loyal to Rome.
With U.S. President Jpe Biden (Jpe Biden) coming to power, he is the second Catholic president in U.S. history, and once gave the Holy See hope. However, the Holy See has been plagued by scandals in pedophilia cases recently, and the financial contribution of American Christians is declining; On the other hand, Bi’s immigration policy since he took office has not met the expectations of the Holy See, and the Holy See is not too optimistic about the development of the Catholic Church in the United States.
China has recently increased its pressure on Taiwan, digging into Taiwan’s corners and doing everything possible. The number of diplomatic countries with Taiwan has dropped from 32 in 2000 to only 15 friends. The diplomatic relations with the Holy See appear to be of exceptional symbolic significance.
At present, the situation of the alliance against China headed by the United States is obvious. Although the Holy See tends to maintain dialogue with China, China continues to force the Holy See to “choose sides.” According to tradition, the Holy See never takes the initiative to sever diplomatic relations with any country, causing headaches for the Holy See.
According to foreign reports, Biden will visit Europe to participate in the Group of 20 (G20) summit. It will be a possible time for Pope Francis to meet Biden. The Holy See is hopeful for this dialogue, but they know it well. It is not so easy to fight Biden, who is also a Catholic. The issue of abortion and immigration will be the focus of controversy. Pope Francis once did not hesitate to choke Western countries on immigration issues.
Now, Biden, the owner of the White House, has just announced that the United States will protect Taiwan militarily from Chinese attacks. The Holy See is embracing the pressure of Taiwan between the United States and China.
For the first time, Vatican-China relations and relations with Taiwan have received a clear framework from the top diplomatic leaders of the Holy See; tensions between the United States and China are increasing, and the Pope of Rome and Taiwan are once again caught in a confrontation between the United States and China.
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