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Chinese Spies: From Chairman Mao to Xi Jimping

Roger Faligot

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Scribe Publications
16 July 2019
History; Asian history; Espionage & secret services
Are the Chinese secret services now the most powerful in the world? After a long investigation into Beijing's intelligence services and the backrooms of international politics, journalist Roger Faligot may have found the answer.

Unearthing previously unseen papers and interviewing countless insiders, Roger Faligot's astonishing account reveals nothing less than a century of world events shaped by Chinese spies. Working as scientists, journalists, diplomats, foreign students, and businessmen, they've been everywhere - from Stalin's purges to 9/11. This murky world has swept up Ho Chi Minh, the Clintons, and everyone in between, with the action moving from Cambodia to Cambridge, and from the Australian outback to the centres of Western power.

This fascinating narrative exposes the sprawling tentacles of the world's largest intelligence service, from the very birth of communist China to Xi Jinping's absolute rule today.

'Chinese Spies is an astounding and unmatched source book on the extraordinary reach of the PRC's intelligence network. Roger Faligot explains in colourful detail the complex links between the spy agencies, the Party, the Party leaders, Chinese companies and the People's Liberation Army. At once fascinating and chilling, it's a book I found hard to put down.' - Clive Hamilton, author of Silent Invasion ' Chinese Spies is impressive in its level of detail.' -Rana Mitter, The Sunday Times 'A French journalist and longtime China watcher, Faligot has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of China's spy agencies. In an area where so much of even the distant historical record is strictly off-limits, his extensive research will be useful to academics.' -Geoff Dyer, Financial Times

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By:   Roger Faligot
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781925849639
ISBN 10:   1925849635
Pages:   496
Publication Date:   16 July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Roger Faligot is an investigative journalist and author of many books on European and Asian intelligence, including The Chinese Mafia in Europe and La Piscine, the first history of France's secret services. He has been a correspondent for The European, and Far East correspondent for Intelligence Online (1993-2018).

Reviews for Chinese Spies: From Chairman Mao to Xi Jimping

`Roger Faligot fuses an encyclopaedic knowledge of this murky world and its characters with anecdotes that are sometimes comical and often colourful.' -Le Point `The expert Roger Faligot offers an enthralling, years-long investigation into the Chinese secret services, delving behind the scenes of Beijing's global strategy.' -Le Parisien `China is not just a country with intelligence services, but rather an intelligence state. In this wide-ranging book, Faligot traces this trajectory from pre-revolutionary Shanghai to the present and reveals a phenomenon for which the West is ill-prepared.' -Nigel Inkster, former Director of Operations and Intelligence, MI6, and Director of Transnational Threats & Political Risk, IISS `A landmark book' -Paris Match `French journalist Roger Faligot's history of Chinese intelligence from 1921 to the present day is teeming with revelations.' -Intelligence Online `Roger Faligot has produced a book stuffed full of scoops on the Chinese secret services.' -Metro `As China seeks to improve its global image, this book brings us fully up to date and reminds us of the iron grip in which China's totalitarian-communist system holds the country.' -Le Point `The unstoppable rise of the Chinese secret service has seen it grow greater in size than all other intelligence services worldwide ... Roger Faligot's study traces in full the history of an organisation that has long been successfully diversifying into technological and economic warfare in a new long-term strategy. As Faligot puts it, 'China's manpower is unrivalled', and its vast diaspora network is unique. [Its agents] play a decisive role in conquering new fossil fuel sources; in saturating foreign markets; and in conquering the global cellphone market. Now is the time urgently to read this absolutely fascinating and highly valuable study.' -Diplomatie Magazine


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