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Michael Pillsbury

Senior Fellow & Director for Chinese Strategy

Michael Pillsbury is senior fellow and director for Chinese strategy at Hudson Institute. He is a distinguished defense policy adviser, former high-ranking government official, and author of numerous books and reports on China.

During the Reagan administration, Dr. Pillsbury was assistant under secretary of defense for policy planning and responsible for implementation of the program of covert aid known as the Reagan Doctrine. From 1975 to 1976, while an analyst at the RAND Corporation, he published articles in Foreign Policy and International Security recommending that the United States establish intelligence and military ties with China. The proposal, publicly commended by Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger, and James Schlesinger, later became U.S. policy during the Carter and Reagan administrations.

Dr. Pillsbury served on the staff of four U.S. Senate Committees from 1978 to 1984 and 1986 to 1991. As a staff member, he drafted the Senate Labor Committee version of the legislation that enacted the U.S. Institute of Peace in 1984. He also assisted in drafting the legislation to create the National Endowment for Democracy and the annual requirement for a DOD report on Chinese military power.

In 1992, under President George H. W. Bush, Dr. Pillsbury was special assistant for Asian affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, reporting to Andrew W. Marshall, Director of Net Assessment. Dr. Pillsbury is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Dr. Pillsbury is the author of China Debates the Future Security Environment (NDU Press, 2000), The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower, and editor of Chinese Views of Future Warfare (NDU Press, 1998).

Dr. Pillsbury was educated at Stanford University (B.A. in history with honors in social thought) and Columbia University (M.A., Ph.D.).

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, U.S.-China trade, and the Trump administration’s decision to designate five Chinese media outlets as ‘foreign missions’

Michael Pillsbury discusses the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, U.S.-China trade, and the Trump administration’s decision to designate five Chinese media outlets as ‘foreign missions’

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the need for a hawkish approach toward China with regard to Huawei.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the need for a hawkish approach toward China with regard to Huawei.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s reluctance to dismantle animal markets.

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s reluctance to dismantle animal markets.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s rejection of Trump’s offer to help combat Coronavirus.

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s rejection of Trump’s offer to help combat Coronavirus.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the potential trilateral nuclear deal Trump could secure with China and Russia.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the potential trilateral nuclear deal Trump could secure with China and Russia.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the U.S.-China 'phase one' trade deal, January 17, 2020.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the U.S.-China 'phase one' trade deal, January 17, 2020.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses Phase One of the U.S.-China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury discusses Phase One of the U.S.-China trade deal.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the U.S.-China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the U.S.-China trade deal.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the details of the U.S.-China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the details of the U.S.-China trade deal.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the possibility that China will intervene in Taiwan’s election.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the possibility that China will intervene in Taiwan’s election.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses phase one of the US-China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury discusses phase one of the US-China trade deal.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the recent U.S.-China trade deal

Michael Pillsbury discusses the recent U.S.-China trade deal

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Michael Pillsbury discusses a possible U.S.-China deal before 2020

Michael Pillsbury discusses a possible U.S.-China deal before 2020

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Michael Pillsbury discusses tariff rollbacks

Michael Pillsbury discusses tariff rollbacks

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Michael Pillsbury discusses 'phase one' of the Us-China trade deal

Michael Pillsbury discusses 'phase one' of the Us-China trade deal

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Michael Pillsbury discusses a possible U.S.-China deal before 2020

Michael Pillsbury discusses a possible U.S.-China deal before 2020

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Michael Pillsbury discusses a possible U.S.-China deal before 2020

Michael Pillsbury discusses a possible U.S.-China deal before 2020

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the CCP and Tik Tok

Michael Pillsbury discusses the CCP and Tik Tok

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the Hong Kong elections and U.S.-China trade war

Michael Pillsbury discusses the Hong Kong elections and U.S.-China trade war

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Michael Pillsbury discusses Chinese concentration camps

Michael Pillsbury discusses Chinese concentration camps

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the ongoing trade deal with China and the violence in Hong Kong

Michael Pillsbury discusses the ongoing trade deal with China and the violence in Hong Kong

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Michael Pillsbury discusses U.S.-China Trade Talks

Michael Pillsbury discusses U.S.-China Trade Talks

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the ongoing trade deal with China

Michael Pillsbury discusses the ongoing trade deal with China

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Michael Pillsbury discusses Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech at the Hudson Institute Gala.

Michael Pillsbury discusses Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech at the Hudson Institute Gala.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses his takeaways from the speech Vice President Mike Pence delivered Thursday.

Michael Pillsbury discusses his takeaways from the speech Vice President Mike Pence delivered Thursday.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses obstacles that may get in the way of finalizing a deal with China.

Michael Pillsbury discusses obstacles that may get in the way of finalizing a deal with China.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses ‘phase one’ on the US-China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury discusses ‘phase one’ on the US-China trade deal.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses the state of the US-China trade deal and the future of the talks.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the state of the US-China trade deal and the future of the talks.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the success of the US-China trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the success of the US-China trade talks.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses what a potential phase 2 of a US-China trade deal could look like.

Michael Pillsbury discusses what a potential phase 2 of a US-China trade deal could look like.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses the current NBA controversy surrounding China and the larger landscape of US-China tensions.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the current NBA controversy surrounding China and the larger landscape of US-China tensions.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s retaliation following escalated sanctions from the US.

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s retaliation following escalated sanctions from the US.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the Hong Kong protests and China’s new weapons systems debut.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the Hong Kong protests and China’s new weapons systems debut.

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s rise in nationalism and power on the 70th anniversary of CCP rule.

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s rise in nationalism and power on the 70th anniversary of CCP rule.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses the likelihood that there will be a US-Chinese trade deal before the 2020 election.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the likelihood that there will be a US-Chinese trade deal before the 2020 election.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the new weaponry being displayed during China’s 70th anniversary celebration.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the new weaponry being displayed during China’s 70th anniversary celebration.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the impact the Hong Kong protests could have on the US-China trade negotiations.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the impact the Hong Kong protests could have on the US-China trade negotiations.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury reflects on Trump's strategy in the interim China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury reflects on Trump's strategy in the interim China trade deal.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses the recent developments in the trade war following mutual concessions, and the movement toward a potential deal.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the recent developments in the trade war following mutual concessions, and the movement toward a potential deal.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses President Trump’s position on Hong Kong protests and the ongoing trade dispute with China.

Michael Pillsbury discusses President Trump’s position on Hong Kong protests and the ongoing trade dispute with China.

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In an interview on Fox Business, Michael Pillsbury discusses the undersea cable project connecting the U.S. to China and Google’s relationship with the Chinese.

In an interview on Fox Business, Michael Pillsbury discusses the undersea cable project connecting the U.S. to China and Google’s relationship with the Chinese.

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Michael Pillsbury explains the current situation in Hong Kong and how China and the U.S. will handle Chinese violations of the Hong Kong treaty.

Michael Pillsbury explains the current situation in Hong Kong and how China and the U.S. will handle Chinese violations of the Hong Kong treaty.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the latest on the Hong Kong protests and how they could impact the U.S.-China trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the latest on the Hong Kong protests and how they could impact the U.S.-China trade talks.

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Michael Pillsbury discussed the U.S. reaction to the Hong Kong protests.

Michael Pillsbury discussed the U.S. reaction to the Hong Kong protests.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the ongoing trade negotiations and whether China is stalling in hopes of 2020 delivering a new president.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the ongoing trade negotiations and whether China is stalling in hopes of 2020 delivering a new president.

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury discusses warnings from experts who say if the President keeps up the pressure in his trade war with China, that the country could be in a recession in three quarters.

Michael Pillsbury discusses warnings from experts who say if the President keeps up the pressure in his trade war with China, that the country could be in a recession in three quarters.

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s warning about the U.S. sending missiles to Asia.

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s warning about the U.S. sending missiles to Asia.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses the latest prospects for a U.S.-China trade deal and President Trump’s China strategy.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the latest prospects for a U.S.-China trade deal and President Trump’s China strategy.

CNBC

Michael Pillsbury discusses the latest on the Trump administration's trade negotiations with China.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the latest on the Trump administration's trade negotiations with China.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses the current round of trade U.S.-China trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the current round of trade U.S.-China trade talks.

Bloomberg

Michael Pillsbury discusses why he believes an investigation into Google is necessary to clear up accusations that it is working with China.

Michael Pillsbury discusses why he believes an investigation into Google is necessary to clear up accusations that it is working with China.

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury weighs in on the future of U.S.-China trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury weighs in on the future of U.S.-China trade talks.

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Michael Pillsbury discusses the recent protests in Hong Kong.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the recent protests in Hong Kong.

Bloomberg

Michael Pillsbury weighs in on whether Trump’s meeting with President Xi will restart trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury weighs in on whether Trump’s meeting with President Xi will restart trade talks.

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury discusses what the Hong Kong protests mean for U.S.-China trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury discusses what the Hong Kong protests mean for U.S.-China trade talks.

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury discusses the U.S.-China trade negotiations.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the U.S.-China trade negotiations.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses President Trump’s comments on Hong Kong-China relations, the U.S.-China trade negotiations, and the future of U.S.-Hong Kong relations.

Michael Pillsbury discusses President Trump’s comments on Hong Kong-China relations, the U.S.-China trade negotiations, and the future of U.S.-Hong Kong relations.

Bloomberg

Michael Pillsbury discusses Huawei’s plans to sell off its undersea cable business.

Michael Pillsbury discusses Huawei’s plans to sell off its undersea cable business.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses President Trump’s trip to Japan, threats from North Korea, and the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

Michael Pillsbury discusses President Trump’s trip to Japan, threats from North Korea, and the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

Washington Journal

In an interview with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business, Michael Pillsbury discusses President Xi Jinping’s claim that china is embarking on a “new Long March”

In an interview with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business, Michael Pillsbury discusses President Xi Jinping’s claim that china is embarking on a “new Long March”

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In an interview with Steve Inskeep on NPR, Michael Pillsbury discusses the state of play in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

In an interview with Steve Inskeep on NPR, Michael Pillsbury discusses the state of play in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

In an interview on Fox Business, Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s retaliatory tariffs and the possibility of progress on the talks at the next G20.

In an interview on Fox Business, Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s retaliatory tariffs and the possibility of progress on the talks at the next G20.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the president’s new tariffs and what it means for ongoing China trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the president’s new tariffs and what it means for ongoing China trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the latest impasse with China on trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the latest impasse with China on trade talks.

Mike Pillsbury discusses the final stretch of the U.S.-China trade talks and the potential of an upcoming summit with President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Mike Pillsbury discusses the final stretch of the U.S.-China trade talks and the potential of an upcoming summit with President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Mike Pillsbury discussed the NATO secretary general’s remarks to Congress, the ongoing U.S.-China trade talks, and the Chinese woman attempting to spy at Mar-a-Lago.

Mike Pillsbury discussed the NATO secretary general’s remarks to Congress, the ongoing U.S.-China trade talks, and the Chinese woman attempting to spy at Mar-a-Lago.

Mike Pillsbury discussed the president’s latest comments on the China trade talks and the threat of continued tariffs.

Mike Pillsbury discussed the president’s latest comments on the China trade talks and the threat of continued tariffs.

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury discusses the next round of U.S.-China trade talks and reacts revelation that Google indirectly helped the Chinese military.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the next round of U.S.-China trade talks and reacts revelation that Google indirectly helped the Chinese military.

Fox News Business

Mike Pillsbury discusses ongoing U.S.-China trade talks as a potential deal develops.

Mike Pillsbury discusses ongoing U.S.-China trade talks as a potential deal develops.

Michael Pillsbury on recent progress in U.S.-China trade negotiations, February 1, 2019

Michael Pillsbury on recent progress in U.S.-China trade negotiations, February 1, 2019

Michael Pillsbury discusses the state of trade negotiations between the U.S. and China, January 29, 2019

Michael Pillsbury discusses the state of trade negotiations between the U.S. and China, January 29, 2019

Michael Pillsbury on U.S.-China trade negotiation scenarios, January 28, 2019

Michael Pillsbury on U.S.-China trade negotiation scenarios, January 28, 2019

Michael Pillsbury on prospects for a

Michael Pillsbury on prospects for a "breakthrough" in U.S.-China trade talks, January 23, 2019

CNBC

Michael Pillsbury talks to Fareed Zakaria about the success of China's long-term strategies, January 6, 2018

Michael Pillsbury talks to Fareed Zakaria about the success of China's long-term strategies, January 6, 2018

Michael Pillsbury discusses how China’s industrial profits dropped for the first time since December 2015, December 27, 2018

Michael Pillsbury discusses how China’s industrial profits dropped for the first time since December 2015, December 27, 2018

Michael Pillsbury discusses Chinese hackers targeting the U.S. government and 45 tech companies for over a decade, December 20, 2018

Michael Pillsbury discusses Chinese hackers targeting the U.S. government and 45 tech companies for over a decade, December 20, 2018

Michael Pillsbury Joins MSNBC to Discuss President Trump's Ongoing Trade Negotiations With China, December 12, 2018

Michael Pillsbury Joins MSNBC to Discuss President Trump's Ongoing Trade Negotiations With China, December 12, 2018

Michael Pillsbury joins CBS to discuss the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, December 11, 2018

Michael Pillsbury joins CBS to discuss the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, December 11, 2018

Michael Pillsbury discusses the upcoming U.S.-China trade negotiation, December 7, 2018

Michael Pillsbury discusses the upcoming U.S.-China trade negotiation, December 7, 2018

How could the arrest of a Huawei executive complicate tense relations between the U.S. and China? December 6, 2018

How could the arrest of a Huawei executive complicate tense relations between the U.S. and China? December 6, 2018

Michael Pillsbury joins CBS Evening News to discuss the arrest of a top Huawei executive, December 6, 2018

Michael Pillsbury joins CBS Evening News to discuss the arrest of a top Huawei executive, December 6, 2018

Michael Pillsbury joins C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss U.S.-China trade policy, December 7, 2018

Michael Pillsbury joins C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss U.S.-China trade policy, December 7, 2018

Michael Pillsbury joins NPR to discuss telecom giant Huawei and U.S.-China trade, December 7, 2018

Michael Pillsbury joins NPR to discuss telecom giant Huawei and U.S.-China trade, December 7, 2018

Michael Pillsbury discusses U.S. trade tensions with China and the state of China’s economy, November 12, 2018

Michael Pillsbury discusses U.S. trade tensions with China and the state of China’s economy, November 12, 2018

Michael Pillsbury joins C-SPAN's Washington Journal, November 4, 2018

Michael Pillsbury joins C-SPAN's Washington Journal, November 4, 2018

Michael Pillsbury appeared on Fox Business to discuss the Trump administration's trade negotiations with China, November 5, 2018

Michael Pillsbury appeared on Fox Business to discuss the Trump administration's trade negotiations with China, November 5, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, October 18, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, October 18, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, October 12, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, October 12, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on CSPAN, October 4, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on CSPAN, October 4, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox News, September 22, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox News, September 22, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Tucker Carlson, September 18, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Tucker Carlson, September 18, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, September 10, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, September 10, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, September 4, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, September 4, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox News, August 21, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox News, August 21, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, August 16, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, August 16, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on CNBC, August 20, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on CNBC, August 20, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, August 16, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, August 16, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, August 9, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, August 9, 2018

Michael Pillsbury testifies before U.S. House Intelligence Committee, July 19, 2018

Michael Pillsbury testifies before U.S. House Intelligence Committee, July 19, 2018