Translated Titles

Will the Sino-Vatican Relationship Follow the "Vietnam Model?": A Viewpoint on Constructivism




姚祺(Qi Yao)

Key Words

中梵關係 ; 越南模式 ; 建構主義 ; 天主教 ; Sion-Vatican Relationship ; Vietnam Model ; Constructivism ; Catholic Church



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

64卷1期(2021 / 03 / 01)

Page #

57 - 99

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

The Holy See and China have signed a "provisional agreement" on the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops in October 2018, which means that the Sino-Vatican relationship has reached a new phase. Meanwhile, the debate about whether or not Sino-Vatican relationship will develop with the "Vietnam Model" has emerged before and after the agreement. Does the "Vietnam Model" indicate the future of Sino-Vatican relations? This question is what this research tries to answer. In a broader sense, the "Vietnam Model" includes the whole process of how the Holy See and Vietnam form a formal negotiation institution and improve bilateral ties through unremitting interaction. Through the perspective of the constructivism theory, this paper compares the development of both Sino- Vatican ties and Vietnam-Vatican ties and reveals that because of the significant variance among identities, interests, domestic norms, and sharing norms with the Holy See, the development of Sino-Vatican ties will not follow the "Vietnam Model." Hence, this is the crucial element that obstructs the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the Holy See and China.

Topic Category 社會科學 > 政治學