According to the article, this “will gradually ensure both the unity of faith and communion among bishops” and thus serve the Catholic community in China. He pointed out that for the first time since 1958, when the first illegal ordinations took place in China, “all the bishops of China are in communion with the bishop of Rome” and “there will be no more illegitimate ordinations.” The aude of the regime – the tightening of the screws in Jiangxi a few days before the renewal of the agreement – shows how partial this agreement is. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said last week that the agreement has been implemented “successfully” and the two sides “will maintain close communication and consultation and improve bilateral relations.” As China has more than 40 dioceses in need of a new bishop, the Vatican will want to see the election and appointment of many of these bishops and their approval by the Pope before October 2022, when the experimental phase will end. This would be a first real confirmation of the provisional agreement and an important sign of Beijing`s goodwill. The agreement, she argued, is “exclusively the question of the appointment of bishops” and does not address other topics “that still concern the Church.” Beijing Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters at a daily briefing thursday that China and the Vatican have decided to extend the deal “after friendly consultations.” The Vatican newspaper pointed out that the popes had sought deeper relations with China before Francis and that work on the current agreement had begun under the authority of his predecessor Benedict XVI. However, since the signing of the agreement, only two bishops have been appointed in China and their appointments had already been agreed long before by both sides. An informed source told America that more episcopal appointments are expected soon. Nevertheless, the delay in processing deadlines has prompted some observers, also given the situation created by Covid-19, which began in late 2019 in China and now appears to be under control, has prompted some observers to question Beijing`s political will to implement its part of the agreement. The announcement extended by two years a landmark 2018 agreement that ended decades of power struggle for the right to appoint bishops in China, despite concerns about religious freedom and human rights in the country. The definition of the agreement is therefore the point of a long journey of the Holy See and the People`s Republic of China, but also and above all the starting point for broader and more far-sighted agreements. .