On November 21, 2023, the fifth symposium of the “Understanding China and Forward Campus Series” organized by the Taiwanese legal person Longren Cultural and Educational Foundation was held at Soochow University. (Provided by the Cross-Strait Policy Association)
[The Epoch Times, November 21, 2023](Reported by Epoch Times reporter Zhong Yuan in Taiwan) Less than 2 months before next year’s presidential, vice-presidential and legislative election of the Republic of China, the Taiwanese legal person Dragon Culture and Education Foundation today (21st) ) holds a symposium. Experts point out that there are many CCP factors in local politics, and we should pay attention to the impact of the CCP’s election-mediation on Taiwan’s elections.
The Dragon Culture and Education Foundation, a legal person, held the fifth “Understanding China and Advancing Campus” series of activities at Soochow University today. It is expected that six symposiums will be held in Taiwan’s colleges and universities this semester (2023 academic year). In terms of political economy, international situation, national security and other aspects, scholars and experts are invited to campus to share their views, and discuss and interact with university youth, thereby helping young people understand the current situation in China and the cross-strait situation.
There are many CCP factors in Taiwan’s local politics
The host, Chen Fangyu, assistant professor of the Department of Political Science at Soochow University, said that there are many CCP factors in local politics, and we must face them when doing research, not to mention during the election campaign. Everyone must also have a good understanding of the various factors. CCP media selection elements. He believes that talking about politics from the perspective of communication studies can promote more understanding of the surrounding environment and political processes through the interaction between different disciplines and research methods.
Zhan Zhihong, deputy chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council of the Executive Yuan of the Republic of China, pointed out on the 15th that the CCP interfered in Taiwan’s presidential election in various forms, maliciously criticizing specific candidates, sending CCP military aircraft and ships to harass Taiwan, creating a dangerous atmosphere of war in the Taiwan Strait, and also suppressed , Strictly investigate specific candidates and their companies investing in mainland China, with the intention of influencing Taiwan’s election results in next year’s general election.
The Chinese Communist Party will not give up its use of force to invade Taiwan. Lu Yiting, creative director of Lidao Publishing House, said that local politics in Penghu have always been shaped by the characteristics of a “military port”, and the influence of the military, public and educational system formed continues to this day. According to information from the Ministry of National Defense, the national army currently stationed in Penghu is the most powerful among the outer islands. The defense deployment in the western region of Taiwan has important and indispensable functions and has always been regarded as a “frontline island.” Young people in Penghu must learn how to view their own future.
Lu Yiting shared that starting in 2016, she conducted a three-year field survey, and then started the work of local creation together with fellow villagers in 2021. This year, she was invited to participate in writing the “Taiwan Local Politics Reader” to look at the role of outlying islands in Taiwanese politics. and military status. She was originally a graduate student who was supposed to leave after finishing her thesis, but now she cannot leave the island. It is also because of the characteristics of Penghu’s offshore islands and borders that she rethinks the issues of “movement, migration and belonging”.
Regarding the CCP’s introduction of the election, Qiu Taisan, chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, said on October 17 that the CCP’s Taiwan Working Group meetings have been conducted under the name of so-called “big exchanges” since May this year. However, due to the control and opening-up measures of both parties, Unable to carry out a large number of united front actions, the scene was moved from Taiwan to mainland China. Regarding the CCP’s united efforts in palaces and temples across Taiwan, the Mainland Affairs Council has sorted out the CCP’s past selection models and communicated with the responsible personnel of important palaces and temples across Taiwan. As for the CCP’s United Front campuses across Taiwan, the Ministry of Education also communicated with schools and teachers, reminding schools of the legal risks associated with communicating with the CCP and requiring them to report to the government.
Scholars share ways to study and observe the CCP
Su Qiaoning, associate professor of the Department of Communication at the University of Oakland in the United States, shared that before she took up teaching, she had engaged in a lot of communication work, including experience in elections and public relations, as well as in the analysis of polling and quantitative data. Her main research methods are narrative, rhetorical analysis, in-depth interviews, etc. She pointed out that how to use these research methods to study various aspects of the CCP, such as studying the way many journalists report on the CCP’s anti-extradition issues in Hong Kong, are very important CCP research and observation experiences.
Cai Yunzhu, assistant professor at Soochow University, said that social media is a hot spot in current research and analysis. However, judging from the existing relevant analysis and research, most of them are from the perspective of communication or marketing, but there are fewer relevant theories from political science itself. Analyzing the structure, such as analyzing the messages posted by politicians, allows everyone to learn how politicians respond. She gave examples of former U.S. House Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, skepticism about the United States, and resistance to communism and Taiwan protection. In fact, it can be seen that there are many differences between the blue and green responses.
Cai Yunzhu pointed out the ways to study the CCP. She reminded students who are interested in political research to find out what is worthy of becoming the hub of relevant analysis through the understanding of academic concepts. Through academic research training, they should be able to see more research in other fields. Undetected clues.
After the talk, the host and the talkers interacted with the university young people present, asking “Will the military port have an impact on the local political attitude in Penghu?” “Will the cyber army, the CCP’s cognitive operations, etc. have an impact on the election situation?” Questions such as “Influence” and “Taiwanese Scholars’ Identity in American Communication Studies” were raised, and experts and scholars also analyzed and answered them one by one in depth.
The Longren Cultural and Educational Foundation stated that the “Understanding China, Forward Campus” series of activities will hold the last symposium of this year on November 24 at the Daxian Library of National Chengchi University. The theme is “Authoritarian Expansion and the Digital Battlefield.” “Citizen Resilience”, the event was hosted by Huang Zhaonian, associate professor at the National Development Institute of National Chengchi University, and invited Geng Lu, project manager of the Indo-Pacific Center of Freedom House, Guo Jiayou, chairman of the Association for Digital Diplomacy, Li Jiachong, head of the Cantonese section of Radio Free Asia, and Liang Jiali, editor-in-chief of Optical Media Everyone is welcome to sign up and participate.
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