Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer.

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Date: Fall 2021
From: Air & Space Power Journal(Vol. 35, Issue 3)
Publisher: Air University Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 1,006 words
Lexile Measure: 1510L

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Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer by Peter Mattis and Matthew Brazil. Naval institute Press, 2019, 376 pp.

Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer lifts the veil of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) intelligence apparatus. Richly sourced from Chinese language texts, Peter Mattis and Matthew Brazil detail an unprecedented number of historical intelligence figures and foundational myths. Just as understanding Admiral Hyman G. Rickover's role as the father of the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program gives key insights into contemporary US Navy submarine culture, an intimate understanding of leaders like Zhou Enlai provides insights into the contemporary CCP intelligence culture.

Chinese Communist Espionage is informative and functional for the US intelligence professional. Mattis and Brazil inform readers on the roles played by CCP intelligence operatives during events more commonly studied by US security professionals like World War ii, the Nixon administration's opening of relations with China, China's entrance into the World Trade Organization, and other major world events.

Exposing the roles of past shadow actors outlines potential covert strategies today. Functionally, the book indexes relevant CCP activities. For example, Chinese Communist Espionage includes biographical sketches of many CCP intelligence figures and traces the ideological genealogies of contemporary leaders. Tracing master-apprentice relationships provides insights on perspectives and whether an intelligence professional's pedigree will facilitate or hinder ascension.

The book separately catalogs prosecuted cases of espionage. The CCP has systematically conducted multilayer penetration in all sectors of US industry. Cases range from stealing agricultural seeds to F-22 jet engine designs. Aside from the...

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