Pope Francis doubling down on stupid or sinister?

Pope Francis recently visited Kazakhstan for a controversial meeting attacked by Traditional Catholics for seemingly promoting religious indifferentism. Apparently, he was hoping to meet with Xi, but the Chinese leader was too busy for his lapdog. This didn’t prevent Francis from defending ‘dialogue’ with China and playing down China’s crimes during his interview on the plane though. He spoke of how Russia had actually preserved piece for its neighbors more successfully than the UN. He spoke of how certain things of China seemed ‘undemocratic’. China not being democratic enough isn’t its biggest problems. If it respected basic human rights, including the rights of Francis’ own flock, maybe it’d be understandable how he goes easy on them.