Chinese Intelligence Operations

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Nicholas Eftimiades, 1994 - Political Science - 169 pages
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"With this timely study, a seasoned sinologist publicly examines the infiltration of Chinese espionage agents into foreign governments and private businesses. These efforts to collect state and technological secrets, he says, have been going on mostly uninterrupted for decades while Western intelligence services focused on the Soviet Union. Now, with the end of the cold war and the collapse of the USSR, attention must turn to these invasive operations." "Unstinting in his research, the author has made full use of Chinese sources and his own longtime study of China. In addition, he draws on his expertise as a counterintelligence analyst to examine the structure, objectives, and methodology of Chinese clandestine activities. The book specifically addresses the human source in intelligence operations, such as agent and double-agent recruitment, and how these tactics fit into the conduct of internal and foreign affairs in China. The author's interviews with a number of Chinese diplomats, military and civilian intelligence officers, and secret agents reveal the cloak-and-dagger activities common to Chinese operatives in the United States. These astonishing descriptions read like a gripping espionage novel. Yet the book is uncompromising in its studious documentation. The monograph from which this work sprung was honored in 1992 as the best scholarly article on the subject of intelligence by the National Intelligence Study Center - a think tank founded by former top CIA officials. Written in a style that will appeal to a broad range of readers, this book is a one-of-a-kind intelligence study." "Intelligence and defense professionals congressional and foreign government staffers, industrial and business security professionals, as well as intelligence buffs will all find something of interest in this compelling and detailed book."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I have owned this book for 15 years. It is the "bible" for anyone interested in Chinese Intelligence Operations. I have several other books on the history of Chinese espionage but this book is by far the best ever published on the subject. The author is obviously an analyst. He makes extensive use of primary and secondary sources including active Chinese Intelligence officers, internal Chinese documents, and publications. His approach is clearly analytical with no unsupported opinions. Even 15 years after publication this work is the only one of its kind. This work remains a "bible" in the Intelligence Community.  

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Mr. Eftimiades's work provides a valuable framework in which to analyze this country's complex relationship with the PRC. What perhaps is most disturbing is the fact that his analysis (warnings) were published before the DNC/foreign money scandal even hit the U.S. press. I am confident that Mr. Eftimiades takes little comfort in the fact that he "told [us] so."  

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