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#China attends #Vatican conference on combating organ trafficking in sign of improving ties

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's attendance at a Vatican conference on combating organ trafficking underlines improving ties between China and the Church and will build momentum for better relations in other areas, a former senior Chinese official said. Communist China and the Vatican do not have formal diplomatic relations, but negotiations towards what would be a breakthrough agreement on the appointment of bishops have made progress, the deputy head of the official Chinese Catholics association said last week. Chinese academics will join the Vatican conference on Monday (March 12) and Tuesday, for the second year in a row, state media reported. "Relations between Beijing and the Vatican authorities are moving forward. So are relations between the two peoples," Mr Huang Jiefu, a former Chinese vice-minister of health and current head of the National Human Organ Donation and T...

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