But the Vatican said on Thursday that the deal "is of great ecclesial and pastoral value" and said it "intends to pursue an open and constructive dialogue for the benefit of the life of the Catholic Church and the good of Chinese people." Officially, there are about 6 million Catholics in China.
The deal, which is part of Pope Francis's vision to expand the Catholic Church's following across the world, would help the Vatican gain access to potentially millions of converts across China, the world's most populous nation.
But critics have questioned why the church, historically a defender of human rights and Christian values, would willingly join forces the increasingly authoritarian Chinese government, which is officially atheist.
In October, Secretary Pompeo said in an article in a conservative Catholic magazine that the agreement with China compromised the moral authority of the Vatican.
Probuild has had a major Sydney CBD project disrupted over blocked toilets while Watpac has been hit with a fourth-day of shutdowns as the construction union ramps up pressure on the builders to sign up to huge pay rises and permanent 9-day fortnights.
One source said the union's amenity concerns included a lack of screens for workers' showers that forced the builder to seek carpenters to erect new ones.
The agreement includes 5 per cent a year pay rises and a new rostered-days-off calendar that would effectively shut down sites every second Monday by requiring workers to take their RDOs on specific dates.
However, the union argues the 5 per cent a year pay rises are necessary to reward construction workers for working during the pandemic and the fixed RDO calendar will ensure they take their days off as builders' schedules get ever tighter.
Crown Resorts will end its deals with the private firm of major shareholder and former executive chairman James Packer, after the agreements were heavily criticised in the NSW casino inquiry.
Crown said on Wednesday evening that it had terminated a services agreement with Mr Packer’s Consolidated Press Holdings that has been in place since July 2016, and a controlling shareholder protocol that was set up in October 2018.
The termination of the agreements follows a Crown board meeting held on Wednesday on the eve of Crown’s annual general meeting.
Earlier on Wednesday, the casino inquiry was rocked by the revelation that Crown’s former executive chairman Rob Rankin may face prosecution by the corporate watchdog for failing to alert the casino giant's board in 2015 that there was a "high risk" its staff in China could be arrested, and for failing to tell the board about a threat made to a businessman Ben Gray by billionaire James Packer.