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SpymasterDai Li and the Chinese Secret Service$
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Frederic Wakeman

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234079

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234079.001.0001

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Images of Dai Li

Images of Dai Li

(p.1) Chapter 1 Images of Dai Li

Frederic Wakeman

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the image and reputation of Dai Li, head of Chiang Kai-sheks' military secret service during the 1940s. It explains that as the personification of Chiang's dictatorship, Dai Li embodied one of the most powerful organizations in the Nationalist government, the Military Investigation and Statistics Bureau (Juntong) and he was known as the Himmler of China. It suggests that Dai Li's aura of fear and dread can be attributed to his ability to remain aloof and enigmatic which helped make him unpredictable and his supposed impregnability and invulnerability for having escaped captivity and assassination attempts.

Keywords:   Dai Li, military secret service, Chiang Kai-shek, Juntong, Himmler of China, assassination attempts

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