China comes out ahead in Vatican deal, say analysts

Devotees attending a mass at the South Cathedral in Beijing, on Sept 22, 2018.
Devotees attending a mass at the South Cathedral in Beijing, on Sept 22, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) - The landmark deal between China and the Vatican is a win for Beijing, giving official recognition to bishops appointed by the government despite a crackdown on religion.

And it could also soften the ground for full diplomatic ties after 67 years of estrangement, analysts said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2018, with the headline 'China comes out ahead in Vatican deal, say analysts'. Print Edition | Subscribe