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Scribe Publications, July 2019
Softcover, 496 pages

Chinese Spies From Chairman Mao to Xi Jinping

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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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