Dai Li’s Wartime Smuggling Networks

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:
Dai Li’s Wartime Smuggling Networks

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This chapter focuses on the wartime smuggling networks of Dai Li. It explains that wartime China was crisscrossed with smugglers' routes that linked the two realms through freebooters' trading posts and that Dai Li's smuggling empire was built upon a system of revenue collection enforcement that went back to the formation of a taxation police force during the early 1930s. The chapter discusses the Lin Shiliang case and suggests that the transfer of the control of the Smuggling Prevention Office from Dai Li to civilian authorities hardly crimped Dai Li's operations.

Keywords: smuggling networks; wartime smuggling; Dai Li; wartime China; taxation police force; Lin Shiliang case; Smuggling Prevention Office

Chapter.  4004 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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