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北平Běipínganother name of Beijing (1927-1949)
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引狼入室yǐnlángrùshìopen the door to a dangerous foe
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居心叵测jūxīnpǒcè
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周旋zhōuxuánto deal with, to negotiate
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打开天窗说亮话dǎkāi tiānchuāng shuō liànghuàspeak frankly, without reservations (similar to 实话实说)
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管家guǎnjiāhousekeeper
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归顺guīshùnpledge allegiance to sb.
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凤首执壶fèng shǒu zhí húa certain type of vase (e.g. 元青花)
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铁杵磨成针tiěchǔ móchéng zhēn
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军火库jūnhuǒkùarsenal
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国防部guófángbùministry of defence
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保密局bǎomìjúadministration for protection of state secrets
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现身xiànshēnto appear
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总统府zǒngtǒngfǔa government building in Nanjing (formerly called 国民政府, name changed to 总统府 in late 40s)
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外事秘书 wàishì mìshusecretary of foreign affairs
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久仰大名jiǔyǎng dàmínghonorific phrase, literally translated as "I have long heard of your great name"
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少校shàoxiàomajor
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上校shàngxiàocolonel
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夫人fūrenwife of a high official (here meaning 宋美龄, wife of 蒋介石)
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委座wěizuòa honorific variant of 委员长, which is short for 军事委员会委员长 (a title held by 蒋介石); there is a pattern here - high ranking KMT officials were often referred to as *座, we will also encounter 处座 for 马天啸 and 局座 for 毛人凤 (国防部保密局副局长) later in the series
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签发qiānfāsign and issue (an official document)
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灵柩língjiùcoffin
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干女儿gānnǚ'érgoddaughter
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定做dìngzuòhave something made to order (e.g. clothing... or high-heeled shoes :))
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国宝文物guóbǎo wénwùnational treasures (cultural and historical relics)
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修面xiūmiànshave
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共军gòngjūncommunist army
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生意红火shēngyi hónghuoflourishing business
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电台diàntáitelegraph station
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负隅顽抗fùyúwánkàngto put up a stubborn resistance
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战功赫赫zhàngōng hèhè
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电侦察车diàn zhēnchá chēelectric reconnaissance vehicle (for scouting out enemy telegraphs)
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掐断qiāduànto sever, to cut off
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没头苍蝇méitóucāngying
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四处乱窜sìchù luàncuàn
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破译pòyìto decipher, to decode
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搞花招gǎo huāzhāopull a trick (on sb.)
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勃朗宁bólǎngníngBrowning (firearms brand)
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老牌特务lǎopái tèwuan old hand in espionage
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盗运贩卖dàoyùn fànmài
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盗宝分子dàobǎo fènzǐ
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血债累累xuèzhàilěilěihave a mountain of blood debts
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逍遥法外xiāoyáofǎwài
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特高科tègāokēJapanese secret service during WW2
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烟消云散yānxiāoyúnsànvanish like a mist and smoke
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南京大屠杀Nánjīng dàtúshāthe massacre of Nanjing
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祸首huòshǒuchief culprit
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更迭gēngdiéto alternate, to change
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颓势tuíshìdeclining tendency
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