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No timetable for establishing Sino-Vatican ties

    HANGZHOU, April 12 (Xinhua) - China has no timetable for establishing Sino-Vatican diplomatic relations, said a senior Chinese official in charge of religious culture communication on Wednesday, refuting rumors that the two sides plan to enter such relations before 2008.

    Qi Xiaofei, vice president of China's Religious Culture Communication Association made the remarks when answering the question at a press conference on the First World Buddhist Forum, which is scheduled to be held between April 13-16 in Hangzhou and Zhoushan of East China's Zhejiang Province.

    The official, also deputy director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs of China, said that China has definite principles on promoting normal relations with Vatican that no one is allowed to interfere in China's internal affairs or try to create "two Chinas".

    During an interview with Xinhua, he urged Vatican to take concrete action by showing sincerity to improve Sino-Vatican relations

    "We have two clear and consistent principles on handling Sino-Vatican relations. Vatican must sever the so-called 'diplomatic relations' with Taiwan and recognize the Chinese government as the sole legitimate government of China and not interfere in our internal affairs in the name of religion," he reiterated. Enditem

Vatican should not intervene with China's internal affairs: FM

      BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) -- China hopes the Vatican will not intervene in its internal affairs in any form, said Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing here on Tuesday in response to a question that the Vatican appointed a Hong Kong person as the cardinal-bishop recently.

Vatican urged to take action for better ties

      BEIJING, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday urged the Vatican to put into action its will to better relations with China.
      "The Vatican is very clear about the principles that China advanced for developing China-Vatican relations," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan at a regular press conference.

Taiwan leader's Vatican trip opposed

      BEIJING, April 7 -- Beijing has protested against Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian's plans to attend Pope John Paul II's funeral. 
      China has also expressed strong dissatisfaction with Italy for granting Chen Shui-bian a visa to go to the Vatican. The Foreign Ministry confirmed that China would not send a representative to the funeral.

China congratulates Ratzinger as new pope

      BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhuanet) -- China congratulated Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany for his being elected the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Wednesday.

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