It Can be Hard to Avoid Hurt Feelings

Big news in Australia, not yet noticed here in the States:  This interview on Australian ABC Radio and others tell of the stalled release of a book by Professor Clive Hamilton about Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence in Australia.  The Sydney publisher Allen...

Confession Shall Make You Free

A new cartoon in Chinese urges young students in the PRC to be aware of foreign attempts to gather intelligence from ordinary Chinese people – via email entrapment. In the story, a student tells his classroom about dad’s mistake in promising photos of his...

All The Better To Hear You, My Dear (updated)

Companies and individuals using the Web in China should carefully read the Caixin article from 25 January, “Beijing Says Multinationals Need Not Fear VPN Crackdown.”  Just in case it is dropped later, some key points, albeit not the entire article, are extracted...

Penetrating Foreign Organizations in China

Battery operated listening device mounted inside a One Yuan coin, made in Shenzhen, China with accessories imported from Taiwan. For sale in China, via the internet, for CNY 1400 (USD 215.) Photo credit: pc68.com In a case from several years ago, a security executive...

China and the Honey Trap

The honey trap—using a sexually attractive person to snare a target—features prominently in popular literature, from James Bond books and movies to the novels of Adam Brookes, Alan Furst and David Cornwell (John le Carré), the current television series The Americans,...

Hong Kong’s “First Spy”

A draft entry from the Handbook on Chinese Intelligence Operations, by Peter Mattis and Matt Brazil, to be published by the Naval Institute Press in 2018. Above: John Tsang (Zeng Zhaoke) attending Chinese National Day celebrations in Beijing, 1 October1962.  In the...