Tibet and the CIA: The War We Cancelled

Jonathan Mirsky discusses books by CIA veteran John Kenneth Knaus and anthropologist Carole McGranahan on the history and consequences of CIA operations in Tibet, which contributed to Beijing’s enduring suspicion of...

China’s Misunderstood Spies

China Media Project’s David Bandurski notes a speech given by propaganda chief Li Changchun on Friday, in which he explained the relevance to news media of the recent official emphasis on cultural development. From...

Is China Backing Indian Insurgents?

A string of Chinese spies arrested in India suggests a willingness on the part of Chinese intelligence to covertly undermine peace negotiations between the NSCN-IM and the Indian government.  Read the article in The Diplomat...

David G. Marr: Vibrations from the North

Vietnam’s experience shows that dealing with China is not an all-or-nothing proposition, writes David G. Marr in the Inside Story: In January this year General Vo Nguyen Giap, the ninety-seven-year-old hero of the anti-French...

Taiwan Businessmen Caught Up in China Spy Cases

From Los Angeles Times: The Kafkaesque spy world that Taiwanese businessman Song Hsiao-lien says he fell into has left him financially strapped, unemployed and unnerved after nearly four years in a Chinese prison. Song was...

Secret Papers About China Are Released by the C.I.A.

According to the New York Times: “The Central Intelligence Agency made public on Monday a rich trove of previously classified documents on China, including the supposedly authoritative National Intelligence Estimates issued over the 30-year period of Mao Zedong’s rule. For scholars of what Mao called China’s ‘continuous revolution,’ of its tumultuous and intertwined relationships with […]

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