The Cold War's Unlikely Duo: The Secret Rendezvous Between Taiwan and the Soviet Union

Monday, April 9, 2018
Sung's several cryptonyms

Feng-en Sung, James Wei and an official, West Berlin City Government meeting in West Berlin, ca. 1968

Hoover has acquired the personal papers of Feng-en Sung, the chief of the Berlin office of Taiwan’s government information bureau between 1969 and 1972.

Sung engaged in over fifty secret meetings with the Russian spy Boris Pakhomov. The Soviets were so eager to acquire information on Mao’s China that they proposed joint intelligence ventures between Moscow and Taipei in West Germany, Hong Kong, and elsewhere. The Kremlin was anxious to obtain information about Chiang Kai-shek and his son Chiang Ching-kuo, the de facto leader of the Taiwanese government since the 1970s, and the rapidly shifting US policy toward China.