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War and the Special Movement Corps

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/9780520234079.003.0017
War and the Special Movement Corps

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This chapter focuses on China's War of Resistance against Japan that broke out in the summer of 1937 and the creation of the Special Movement Corps (SMC). It suggests that the war provided Dai Li with opportunities for expansion of his secret empire. It explains that the existence of two contiguous wartime economies afforded the secret police new resources through black markets and transport linkages that Dai Li controlled and it also brought Dai Li into closer contact with racketeers like Du Yuesheng and reinforced the dependence of Juntong upon illicit profits from the traffic in narcotics. It also discusses the wartime roles of the SMC and the Su-Zhe Operations Committee.

Keywords: War of Resistance; China; Japan; SMC; Dai Li; secret police; black markets; Du Yuesheng; Juntong; narcotics

Chapter.  5652 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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