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标 题: China to attend Vatican organ trafficking meeting
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Chinese scholars will join an anti-organ trafficking conference in the
Vatican on Monday and Tuesday, to share the country's experience and boost
people-to-people exchanges between Beijing and the Vatican.
This is the second time China has been invited by the Pontifical Academy of
Sciences (PAS) to attend a meeting in the Holy See, as China's reforms on
organ transplant have increasingly received papal and global recognition.
China will present its effort to combat organ trafficking and progress on
organ donation and transplants at the Vatican meeting, said Wang Haibo, head
of China's official organ distribution system, China Organ Transplant
Response System (COTRS), who also attended a similar PAS global summit in
February last year.
"China will call on joint efforts to eradicate organ trafficking, as it's a
global challenge," he said.
Wang is expected to deliver a 10-minute speech on the dimensions and
solutions to organ trafficking on Monday.
China also expects to share its experience on promoting ethical and
sustainable organ donation and transplants in countries along the Belt and
Road initiative with a global task force proposed to the World Health
Organization last year. More than 40 countries expressed interest and
support for the effort, said experts.
In 2017, more than 5,100 deceased Chinese citizens had voluntarily agreed to
donate their organs after death, saving, or improving the lives of more
than 16,000 people, according to official data obtained by the Global Times
China criminalized unauthorized trading of organs in 2011, a crime for which
the death penalty can be handed down in severe cases. From 2007 to 2016,
174 people were arrested in China for organ trafficking.
All donated organs in China are distributed via the COTRS system and anyone
who interferes or bypass the system will be disqualified from participating
in healthcare and investigated for criminal responsibility.
Beyond health exchange
Wang told the Global Times on Sunday that the exchanges between China and
the Vatican reached beyond the health sector, and contact in cultural and
scientific fields have brought the two sides closer.
The Vatican's passion and respect for Chinese culture could be strongly felt
during the trips, he said.
"Relations between Beijing and the Vatican authorities are moving forward,
so are 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.
Huang also attended the February meeting at the Vatican, where he shared
information about China's reforms that included a ban on the use of organs
from executed prisoners in 2015.
The exchanges have helped address global challenges such as organ
trafficking and climate change, said Wang.
"The exchanges are beneficial to world peace and are also beneficial to
people from the two sides," Huang told the Global Times on Sunday.
"It also creates good momentum to expand contact beyond the health sector to
cultural and other areas," said Huang.
China and the Vatican have no diplomatic relations. Lately there has been
widespread speculation the two sides are close to a consensus on the
appointment of bishops in China, a positive sign for improving relations
between Beijing and the Vatican.
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