Sleeping in Their Coffins

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:
Sleeping in Their Coffins

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This chapter examines the police force in China during the 1930. It suggests that during this period, Dai Li's Special Services Department (SSD) expanded and his power increased, but he was always in competition for resources with Chen Guofu and Chen Lifu, who also commanded their own party secret police. It explains that service in Dai Li's secret police was, in effect, a lifetime term because its members could only leave when they were in their coffins.

Keywords: police force; China; Dai Li; SSD; Chen Guofu; Chen Lifu

Chapter.  6780 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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