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Vatican row as China invited to organ transplant meet

February 07
09:17 2017

Beijing and the Vatican have not had diplomatic ties since 1951 and remain at odds over which side has the authority to appoint senior clergyEthics experts and human rights lawyers slammed the Vatican for inviting a top Chinese health official to an organ trafficking summit despite concerns the Asian giant still uses tissue from executed prisoners. The Pontifical Academy of Sciences invited Huang Jiefu, the man in charge of overhauling China's transplant system, to the two-day conference in the tiny city state. Wendy Rogers, a medical ethics expert at Macquarie University in Australia and the chair of an advisory committee on tackling organ theft in China, slammed Huang's presence as "shocking".


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