Tag: National Chengchi University

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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Researching the Cross-Strait Implications of Taiwan’s Democratization

As a master’s student at National Chengchi University, I took a class on cross-strait relations between China and Taiwan. For my final essay, I became interested in the question, how has Taiwan’s democratization, and China’s lack thereof, affected cross-strait relations? My own experiences of China and Taiwan galvanized my curiosity. Before coming to Taiwan with the Fulbright Program, I spent two years in mainland China teaching English, one year at a middle school in Hunan province, and one year at a university in Henan province. In both settings, nationalism was a daily routine. In middle school, when the national anthem played on loudspeakers twice a day, all students stopped in their tracks and remained still to listen. Only after it ended would they continue their walk to the canteen. At the university, signs extolled the accomplishments of China since the Chinese Communist Party came to power in 1949, and even urged students to follow the example of Lei Feng, a young People’s Liberation Army hero of the Maoist era known for humility, kindness to fellow comrades, and devotion to the Communist Party. During my two years in China, I traveled widely and visited many history museums. They all seemed to

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Monica Yang: Determinants and Performance of Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions

Dr. Yang compares characteristics and motives of cross-border Merger and Acquisitions (M&A) across the Strait and explores how firms are integrated after acquisitions. Dr. Monica Yang is Associate Professor of Business and Management at Adelphi University. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Department of International Business at National Chengchi University, she studiescross border M&A activities among Taiwan, China and Hong Kong.

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Stacy Closson: An Experience in Diplomatic Educational Exchange

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg_rSjVb6-o Dr. Stacy Closson reflects on her teaching experience with international graduate and undergraduate students during the Middle East and Diplomacy class in National Chengchi University (NCCU) in. She also discusses her research and presentations on the energy and environmental security of Taiwan. Dr. Closson is an Assistant Professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky. She is a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at the Department of Diplomacy, National Chengchi University in Taipei from January to June 2016.

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