fulbright Taiwan online journal

fulbright Taiwan online journal

Author: Amos Lee 李浩晟

Amos Lee 李浩晟
Amos Lee is a former Fulbright US Scholar from 2016-2018 who completed his Master's degree at the National Chengchi University in Taipei. During his studies, he conducted policy research focusing on the Asia Pacific region. As security cooperation grows increasingly important to both U.S. and China, Amos Lee aspires to play a role in developing those relationships. He is also a graduate of West Point and currently serves as an Armor Captain in the U.S. Army.

China’s Military Political Commissar System under PLA Modernization/ Professionalization

Introduction  This paper will attempt to answer the following research question, “will China’s military modernization and professionalization change the institution of political commissars in the People’s Liberation Army?” The incoming development of technology, the revolution in military affairs, and the changing composition of PLA personnel will all contribute in accelerating the transition away from a symbiotic party-army relationship to increasing institutional autonomy. The concept of professionalization supports Huntington’s theory of civil-military theory of objective civilian control. Such support, in turn, has major consequences for the political commissar system. Second, the need for a non-commissioned officer (NCO) support system places political commissars in the prime position to begin shifting their roles and responsibilities away from ideological purposes.The goal is to utilize this research to better understand how China has changed their military organization and to conceive a more complete representation of China’s PLA. What are Political Commissars? Since the early 20th century, the PLA leadership structure has incorporated political officers at every level of their chain of command. Unlike the U.S. military which attempts to separate political actors from their tactical and military decisions (except at the highest level of leadership), the PLA is a Party-army: its strategies, regulations, and traditions

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