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‘Constituting a problem in themselves’ countering covert Chinese activity in India : the life and death of the Chinese Intelligence Section, 1944-1946

Murphy, CJ 2016, '‘Constituting a problem in themselves’ countering covert Chinese activity in India : the life and death of the Chinese Intelligence Section, 1944-1946' , Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History . (In Press)

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Abstract

This article explores the actions taken to address the issue of covert Chinese activities in India during the Second World War identified by Force 136, the Far East incarnation of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), which resulted in the creation of the Chinese Intelligence Section (CIS) in early 1945. It considers this development within the wider context of security intelligence in relation to British India, which has been the subject of increased academic study in recent years as a result of the increased availability of relevant archival material. The need for CIS to be established draws attention to the parameters within which the various intelligence and security agencies operated, their attention focused primarily upon clearly identifiable threats to British rule, particularly nationalism and communism. The issue of covert Chinese activity in India did not fit easily within this framework; the manner in which SOE’s concerns were ultimately addressed illustrates how the prevailing colonial security mindset shaped the conceptual horizons of security intelligence activity.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0308-6534
Funders: Self-funded project
Depositing User: CJ Murphy
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2016 09:13
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2016 11:10
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/39400

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