24 October, 2020

A Sea Lamprey Waits For Them

China’s gargantuan intelligence network straddles the world. Faligot charts its insecure, pre-revolutionary start, consolidation and West-aided technical leap.

A Sea Lamprey Waits For Them
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2019-08-02T10:39:02+05:30

On September 29, 1999, US Nat­ional Intelligence Council (NIC) discussed their five-year assessment on the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC). This was prior to China’s admission to the World Trade Organisation and after the mistaken NATO bombing of  the Chinese embassy in Belgrade on May 7, 1999, for which President Clinton apologised to Jiang Zemin.

The NIC papers need to be analysed to evaluate French journalist Roger Fal­igot’s riveting Chinese Spies—from Chai­rman Mao to Xi Jinping, alt­hough he does not refer to it.  This book proves what seniors in external intelligence had told me—the French were the best informed on China.

Etienne Fiori, police chief in the Sha­n­ghai French Concession, was the first to detect secret attempts by Henri Lozeray and Jacques Doriot, the Com­intern’s Fre­­nch representatives, to help Chen Duxiu’s followers, including Mao Zedong, to set up their Communist party on July 23, 1921. The foundation of their future intelligence unit as a...

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