Organ-trafficking China to attend another Vatican meeting against organ trafficking to boost exchange

Organ-trafficking China to attend another Vatican meeting against organ trafficking to boost exchange

[Further ChiCom ingratiation with the Vatican under the hypocritical guise of being do-gooders! – AQ moderator Tom]
By Li Ruohan
Source:Global Times
Published: 2018/3/10

Chinese scholars will join an anti-organ trafficking conference in the Vatican on Monday and Tuesday, expecting to share Chinese experience and boost people-to-people exchanges between Beijing and the Vatican.

This is the second time China was invited by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) to attend a meeting in the Holy See, as China’s reform and progress on organ transplant has increasingly received papal and global recognition.

“Relations between Beijing and the Vatican authorities are moving forward, so are the relations between the two peoples,” said Huang Jiefu, former Chinese vice-minister of health and current head of the National Human Organ Donation and Transplant Committee.

In February 2017, Huang shared China’s experience on organ donation and transplant at a similar PAS global summit, a step furthering international recognition on China’s reform after it banned the use of organs from executed prisoners in 2015.

“The exchanges are beneficial to world peace, and are also beneficial to people from the two sides,” Huang told the Global Times on Saturday.

“It is also good momentum to expand the contact beyond the health sector and reach to cultural and other areas,” said Huang.

China and the Vatican have no diplomatic relations. Speculations are running high that the two sides are close to consensus on a bishop appointment in China, a positive sign for relations between Beijing and the Vatican.

In 2017, more than 5,100 Chinese citizens voluntarily donated their organs after death, which saved, or improved life of more than 16,000 people, according to official data obtained by the Global Times on Saturday.

Globally speaking, China expects to share the China experience on promoting ethical and sustainable organ donation and transplantation in countries along the Belt and Road initiative in a global task force proposed to the World Health Organization last year, which more than 40 countries expressed their interest and support, said Huang.

Though China’s reform garnered wide recognition in international society, including academic groups previously placing embargos on China, the country still faces domestic challenges and overseas smearing from time to time.

Liu Yuan-chan, a researcher from the Taiwan Association for International Care of Organ Transplantation (TAICOT), said in a November event that probable procurement from living prisoners in the mainland, who are mostly Falun Gong practitioners, has “raised ethical concerns for the organ sources,” according to a February newsletter from TAICOT.

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