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Author Mattis, Peter L
Title Chinese intelligence operations reconsidered: Toward a new baseline
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Descript 71 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 49-05, page:
Adviser: Jennifer E. Sims
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2011
As China engages ever more broadly and intensively in international affairs, the most understudied element of China's rise is how Beijing learns about the world. The intelligence services of the People's Republic of China (PRC) remain hidden under a shroud of secrecy and censorship. Their operations are similarly opaque. Conventional wisdom has failed to explain the growing number of espionage cases linked to Beijing. Without clear justification, observers seem to treat every major case from Larry Wu-Tai Chin to Lo Hsien-che as exceptions to how PRC intelligence services conduct operations. The time has come to revisit the foundations for analyzing why and how the PRC collects intelligence. This study examines the conceptual, historical, and institutional roots of modern Chinese intelligence as well as the case record. These findings are tested against three competing concepts for how the PRC intelligence services collect foreign intelligence: the conventional wisdom ("mosaic" or "grains of sand"), the Western/Russian model, and the "adapted internal security" concept. Based on this research, the PRC intelligence services most likely operate as internal security services, adapting to meet the leaderships growing need for foreign intelligence. The PRC services normally exploit opportunities for foreign intelligence collection identified through routine internal security operations rather than targeting operations to meet leadership demands for foreign information. This finding suggests Beijing probably is better informed on foreign issues directly related to China, when the intelligence services can exploit people who have spent time in the PRC
School code: 0076
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 49-05
Subject Asian Studies
Political Science, International Relations
Alt Author Georgetown University. Security Studies
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