At the beginning of negotiations on the agreement, hackers, suspected by cybersecurity experts, of working for the Chinese state, appeared to have infiltrated the Vatican`s computer networks. Irrespective of this, the Vatican continued the talks and preferred, in its statement, to highlight the meetings between high-ranking Vatican diplomats and their Chinese counterparts. The agreement is „exclusively the issue of the appointments of bishops“ and does not address other matters „that still concern the Church.“ ROME – The Vatican said Thursday it has extended an agreement with Beijing on the appointment of bishops in China, weeks after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to the Vatican to kill him on an unsuccessful mission. „My main objection to the agreement is that we don`t know what it is,“ said U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke, the de facto leader of Pope Francis` criticism in the church, in a brief interview, before welcoming Pompeo to an event hosted by the U.S. Embassy at the Vatican last month. The agreement drew opposition from church conservatives, who say it sells those who have suffered for decades in China`s underground Catholic Church because the faithful refused to recognize bishops appointed by the communist government and not by Rome. The agreement, they argue, effectively tolerates religious freedom and human rights violations in China. In addition, the details of the agreement have been largely kept confidential, to the dismay of some critics of Pope Francis. Over the centuries, there have been at least several hundred matches.  Below you will find a triable list of concordats and other bilateral agreements concluded by the Holy See. The continuation of the agreement and cooperation between the two states have led some Vatican experts to consider it a decisive step on the road to diplomatic relations with Beijing, which could mean that the Vatican would sever relations with Taiwan.
The announcement extended a landmark agreement in 2018 by two years, ending decades of struggle for power over the right to appoint bishops in China, despite concerns about religious freedom and human rights in the country.