The foreign ministers of China and the Vatican met in the first such high-level meeting between the non-diplomatic sides, Beijing's state media said on Saturday.
The meeting between Wang Yi from China and Archbishop Paul Gallagher takes place in Munich on Friday, as relations between the two sides continue to improve following a landmark agreement on the appointment of bishops in 2018.
The People's Newspaper, the Communist Party's mouthpiece, said Gallagher and Wang talked about China's efforts to fight the new coronavirus epidemic, calling it their first meeting.
The Vatican News, the Holy See's official information website, cited a statement that the meeting that took place during the Munich Security Conference covered the 2018 agreement.
The two sides agreed "to continue institutional dialogue at the bilateral level to promote the life of the Catholic Church and the well-being of the Chinese people," the Vatican News statement said.
China's approximately 12 million Catholics have for decades been divided into a government-run association whose clergy was chosen by the atheist Communist Party and an unofficial underground church that remains faithful to the Vatican.
Under the terms of the agreement agreed in September 2018, both Beijing and the Vatican now have a say in the appointment of Catholic bishops.
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