- Jan 25, 2021
Both China and Taiwan have made donations to the Vatican amid the global COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, yet the Vatican has only publicly acknowledged those given by China, making its silence toward Taiwan nothing short of deafening.
As Italy continues to reel from high death counts related to the COVID-19 coronavirus and basic sanitary supplies hard to come by, the Taiwanese Embassy to the Holy See has made several donations to both Vatican offices and religious orders in a show of solidarity.
The Chinese respiratory coronavirus has spread to almost every province in mainland China, which extended its Spring Festival holiday by three days to delay travel by up to 500 million people.
Pope Francis managed an airborne diplomatic dance by sending telegrams of greetings to the leaders of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan as he flew through their airspace on his way from Thailand to Japan.
Being the lone state in Europe to still recognize Taiwan leaves the Vatican with exactly one thing China wants — which may just afford Rome the only leverage it’s likely to get.
One of Taiwan’s leading solar energy companies has found a natural ally for their ecological agenda in the Vatican under Pope Francis, who is widely known for his environmental advocacy.