My personal experience and awareness through a friend from China would support the Cardinal’s concerns. Is the Vatican looking for good press, likely. If so, they will be disappointed in the end and will have exposed a vulnerable underground church to persecution. If the Vatican blames China later it will not make up for the martyrs they may be putting in front of the Chinese government. It’s simple to see China has no dog in the hunt and isn’t trying to be a nice guy. They are looking for means of control.
February 18, 2017
Cardinal Zen: I Fear the Vatican’s Ostpolitik With Communist China