The Vatican is the only European state to have formal diplomatic links with Taiwan. Photo: AP

Vatican insists it will continue to recognise Taiwan despite reports of thaw in relations with Beijing

Catholic Church reaffirms importance of links with Taipei amid claims it is exploring ways of normalising its ties with mainland authorities

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The Vatican is the only European state to have formal diplomatic links with Taiwan. Photo: AP
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Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.