Boardroom Seminar: The party, the state and the military in China

21 March 2013

Since 1927 when Mao Zedong introduced the principle of the Party commanding the gun, the Red Army (later the People's Liberation Army) has evolved from the army of an opposition party to the army of a new state in various forms in the past eight decades. After two chairmen of the Central Military Commission chose to stay on after their retirement from other party positions, Hu Jintao decided to retire from all of his party positions at the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.

In this lecture, the speaker will introduce the historical evolution of the relationship among the Party, the state, and the military in the past eight decades (in particular, the past six decades) and evaluate the relationship in terms of China's future political development.

Professor Bo Zhiyue

Professor Bo Zhiyue is a Visiting Professor at the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney and Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore. He obtained his Bachelor of Law and Master of Law from Peking University and PhD from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Peking University, Roosevelt University, the University of Chicago, American University, St John Fisher College, Tarleton State University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a recipient of the Trustees' Distinguished Scholar Award at St John Fisher College and the inaugural holder of the Joe and Theresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at Tarleton State University.

His research interests include China's elite politics, Chinese provincial leaders, central-local relations, cross-strait relations, and Sino-American relations. He is the author of a trilogy on Chinese political elites and elite politics: Chinese Provincial Leaders: Economic Performance and Political Mobility since 1949 (M. E. Sharpe, 2002); China's Elite Politics: Political Transition and Power Balancing (World Scientific, 2007); and China's Elite Politics: Governance and Democratization (World Scientific, 2010).

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Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Location: Room 310, China Studies Centre, Old Teachers Colle

Cost: Free, RSVP essential

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