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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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Sleeping in Their Coffins

Sleeping in Their Coffins

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(p.206) Chapter 15 Sleeping in Their Coffins
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Spymaster
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Frederic Wakeman

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520234079.003.0015

This chapter examines the police force in China during the 1930. It suggests that during this period, Dai Li's Special Services Department (SSD) expanded and his power increased, but he was always in competition for resources with Chen Guofu and Chen Lifu, who also commanded their own party secret police. It explains that service in Dai Li's secret police was, in effect, a lifetime term because its members could only leave when they were in their coffins.

Keywords:   police force, China, Dai Li, SSD, Chen Guofu, Chen Lifu

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