China is willing to push forward constructive dialogue and improve its relationship with the Vatican, an official with the country's religious affairs department said Tuesday.
China and the Vatican have maintained contact, confirmed Xiao Hong, former spokesperson of the State Administration for Religious Affairs which was recently merged into the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.
"We have actively engaged in profound discussions about certain issues," Xiao said at a press conference.
China has always been sincere in wanting to improve relations with the Vatican and has continued to make efforts, she said.
Chen Zongrong, former deputy head of the administration, added at the same conference that the two sides have smooth and effective communication channels, through which issues can be discussed.
"We also hope the Vatican will move in the same direction toward China," he said.