Taiwan's leader plans to visit the Vatican for the new pope's inauguration mass, officials said Friday, prompting China to warn Taipei against doing anything to inflame their delicate relationship.
Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou, pictured in Taipei, on May 20, 2012. Ma plans to visit the Vatican to attend the installation of the newly-elected pope, officials said on Friday, in a move bound to upset China.
In light of the planned trip by Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou for next Tuesday's mass, Beijing also renewed its demands for concessions from the Vatican in their long-running battle for supremacy over China's Catholics.
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