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Images of Dai Li

Frederic Wakeman

in Spymaster

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234079
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928763 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234079.003.0001
Images of Dai Li

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This chapter discusses the image and reputation of Dai Li, head of Chiang Kai-sheks' military secret service during the 1940s. It explains that as the personification of Chiang's dictatorship, Dai Li embodied one of the most powerful organizations in the Nationalist government, the Military Investigation and Statistics Bureau (Juntong) and he was known as the Himmler of China. It suggests that Dai Li's aura of fear and dread can be attributed to his ability to remain aloof and enigmatic which helped make him unpredictable and his supposed impregnability and invulnerability for having escaped captivity and assassination attempts.

Keywords: Dai Li; military secret service; Chiang Kai-shek; Juntong; Himmler of China; assassination attempts

Chapter.  5338 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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