China’s elites in turmoil: 60 officials died of unnatural causes in a year

Consortium of Defense Analysts

Many years ago, journalist-writer and China-hand Theodore White was interviewed on TV. He memorably described power struggles in the Chinese Communist Party as akin to the battle of sea monsters beneath the waves. All we outsiders see are the churning water and foam, and an occasional brief glimpse of the monsters’ heads as they emerge from the sea for a gulp of air.

Those sea monsters are at war again. There’s trouble among China’s top leadership.

Writing for The Weekly Standard, May 9, 2014, Abram N. Shulsky and Gary Schmitt claim that about 60 of the country’s officials had died of unnatural causes in the span of a year.

Shulsky is a senior fellow with the Hudson Institute; Schmitt is director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. The two are coauthors of Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence.

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