Beijing’s espionage apparatus collects foreign intelligence in ways that are similar to those of other nations but with some unique characteristics. Yet, its history and modus operandi, both historically and today, are even less known to the Western public than those of the Western and Russian intelligence apparatus that are often popularised in cultural products.
Matthew Brazil, a specialist in the history and modern operations of China’s intelligence services, will in his presentation discuss a hypothesis on why the activities of the Chinese Communist Party’s early intelligence organs are important for understanding its operations today. He will also analyse how Chinese espionage practices and organisations evolved during Mao Zedong’s reign (until 1976) and in the post-Mao period. Finally, he will also discuss the expanded role of Chinese intelligence since 2000.