Academic journal article The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies

Chinese Intelligence Operations

Academic journal article The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies

Chinese Intelligence Operations

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Chinese Intelligence Operations

Nicholas Eftimiades

Newcomb Publishers 1998, Arlington, VA, 174 pages, Paperback

This provocative little book is still the "only show in town" in regard to Chinese Intelligence operations. Nick Eftimiades explains how the People's Republic of China operates their intelligence organizations, what their goals are, and how they differ in some respects from their Russian tutors - the KGB and GRU. He mentions a national characteristic of the Chinese - they have a great deal of trouble keeping secrets. There are also so many of them.

The Soviet agents were always, and to a great extent, still are a problem to the nations of the West, but the Chinese are a much bigger problem, reaching gigantic proportions where U.S. counterintelligence efforts to contain spying are concerned. Just consider the number of Chinese overseas -who number some 40-60 million people alone. Add to that the 40,000 Chinese graduate students studying in the United States at any given time. Which of these students is a spy? Which of these students will decide not to spy if asked? This is a problem for both the American and Chinese authorities. Appendix 2 of this book renders a translation of a PRC document on the handling of these students while they are here in the United States. …

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