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Spying, Subversion & Great Power Identity Conflict between the United States & China

  • Korean Social Science Journal
  • Abbr : KSSJ
  • 2017, 44(2), pp.87-101
  • Publisher : Korean Social Science Research Council
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general
  • Published : December 1, 2017

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ABSTRACT

This article delves into a relatively understudied yet critically important aspect of US-China relations―intelligence, subversion, espionage and what can be called “covert relations.” It sheds new light on the question of “great power conflict” between the US and China by examining the identity struggle in terms of covert efforts, or the perception of such efforts, to undermine one another. Taking a broad historical perspective, covert action is identified as a principal arena of contestation in Sino-US relations since the establishment of the PRC in 1949. This approach also draws attention to the positive contribution of “intelligence sharing” in building trust between adversaries, a notable feature of US-China rapprochement in the 1970s. With China’s economic and geopolitical rise in the early 20th century, fear of subversion resurfaced as a key element in the relationship, as is likely to continue to be the case in the Xi-Trump era.

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