Exploring Resurgence of Buddhist Diplomacy

Principal Investigator: Juyan Zhang

As a CPD Contributing Scholar, Dr. Zhang will focus on his project that attempts to explore the history of the faith diplomacy between the Vatican and China, to identify the factors that have led to the current stalemate in the relations between the two, as well as to explore potential solutions to the dispute through in-depth interviews. Specifically, the research will examine the following aspects of the topic: Pre-modern and modern history of the relations between the Vatican and China; The Chinese government, Christianity, and the Vatican between 1951-1999; Diplomatic negotiations between the two since 1999; Factors that led to the stalemate; Potential solutions to the issue; and an analysis of the rhetoric of the two parties.

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