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'. Subscribe