CUL­TURAL EN­VOY A LIFE­LONG SPY

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Many Chi­nese were shocked to dis­cover re­cently that Ying Ruocheng, China’s most fa­mous stage ac­tor and most “West­ern­ized” artist, who — as China’s vice min­is­ter of cul­ture in the 1980s, brought Amer­i­can play­wright Arthur Miller and Ital­ian film di­rec­tor Bernardo Ber­tolucci to the Chi­nese au­di­ence — was a life­long spy for China’s coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence ser­vices.

Mr. Ying died in De­cem­ber 2003, but his bi­og­ra­phy, “Voices Carry” (Row­man & Lit­tle­field, 2009), was just trans­lated into Chi­nese, with sub­stan­tial dele­tions on all parts re­lated to a pe­cu­liar as­pect of his life: his de­voted spy­ing since the 1950s on his Western part­ners and friends for the Chi­nese spy agen­cies.

Cu­ri­ous minds dis­cov­ered these dele­tions and trans­lated the miss­ing parts into Chi­nese, which ap­peared on the Chi­nese In­ter­net, caus­ing a mi­nor sen­sa­tion.

The book re­veals, that, among other things, Mr. Ying was re­spon­si­ble for the ar­rest in 1951 of his friends, the Amer­i­can cou­ple Al­lyn and Adele Rick­ett, who were vis­it­ing schol­ars at Pek­ing Univer­sity at the time. The Rick­etts spent four years in Chi­nese prison for sup­pos­edly be­ing Amer­i­can spies.

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