VDARE — Forty-three years ago I was teaching English at a college in provincial China. This was the early post-Mao period, and foreigners were a rarity outside the big cities. I think I was the only one resident in that town since the Russians had left twenty years previously.
I was on friendly terms with some of the older students. When no-one else was around, they’d pass on things the college’s party secretaries had said in Political Study sessions, which were compulsory for all students and faculty.
One day one of these students told me that the chief party secretary, whose name was Dong, had told a political study class that I was a spy. “How do you know Mr. Derbyshire’s a spy?” asked one of the bolder spirits among the students. Replied Secretary Dong: “Of course he’s a spy! All foreigners are spies! Why would they come to China, if not to spy on us?”
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