Published on February 10, 2019
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Quadrumvirate: Pacific Theater of the Cold War – China
It is June 1949, and the withdrawal of the Japanese after World War II has left the fate of China in the balance. The Chinese Communist Party under Mao Zedong has evolved from disorganized guerrilla militias into an organized fighting force capable of turning the tide against Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Party. The Communist Party must now make the final push to gain control of a unified China and defeat the rival nationalists once and for all. However, even as the end is in sight for a decades-long civil war, new powers are rising in the region under an even more precarious conflict: the Cold War. Will China become one of these new powers, and will it do so with the help of potential Communist allies in the USSR? Or, as Korea threatens to split in half permanently and the Japanese begin to rebuild with the help of the Americans, will the new China crack under the pressure of facing too many rivals at once? Only you, the delegates, will decide the fate of China in the Pacific Cold War.
Topic A: Defeating the Nationalists and Consolidating a New Communist Government
Topic B: Establishing China’s Place as a Regional Power
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Letter from the Chair
My name is Luyi Peng, a sophomore double majoring in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Public Health. This year, I will be your chair for Quadrumvirate: Pacific Theater of the Cold War -China. First of all, welcome to Johns Hopkins University Model United Nations 2018 and be ready for an intense four-day period of heated debate and exciting crisis sessions. I started as a delegate in MUN as a sophomore in high school, attended various conferences like Yale, Princeton, and Washington Area MUNC, and served as a crisis staff in JHUMUNC 2017 in Tohoku Earthquake Response. Now, I am using all of my background and experience in MUN to bring you an amazing and inspiring MUN committee experience.
Aside from MUN, I am also a research coordinator in the Bayview Emergency Department Volunteer Program, an art editor for Thoroughfare Literature and Art Magazine, and a research assistant in the Oncology Department and the Cell Biology Department in Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Finally, a little bit more about me: I am native to Shanghai, China. Having spent the first fifteen years of life in China gives me tons of insight to the Communist China, its culture, and its history.
This committee takes place in June 1949 as the Communist Party was reaching its final goal of unifying China. From its origin, a group of Communist intellectuals in Shanghai, the CPC (Communist Party of China) has evolved into an organized national organization based in rural areas. However, the delegates cannot only focus on finishing the Civil War, as it is also the critical time of rebuilding global structure. Thus, both interactions with other committees (countries) in the Quad and decisions within this committee can guide history down a different path. Anything can happen, especially with Communism!
Finally, I just want to say that I am extremely pumped to serve as your chair with my exceptional dais Sam Cox and crisis staff, Natalie Wu. Please feel free to email me if you have any question about the committee, position papers, JHUMUNC general inquiries, or just any comments.
See you in February.
Chair, Quadrumvirate: 1949 Pacific Theater of the Cold War- China
Johns Hopkins University 2020