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Michael Pillsbury

Senior Fellow & Director for Chinese Strategy

Senior Fellow and Director for Chinese Strategy Michael Pillsbury is a distinguished defense policy adviser, former high-ranking government official, and author of numerous books and reports on China. During the Reagan administration, 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. In 1975-76, while an analyst at the RAND Corporation, Pillsbury 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.

Pillsbury served on the staff of four U.S. Senate Committees from 1978-1984 and 1986-1991. As a staff member, Pillsbury drafted the Senate Labor Committee version of the legislation that enacted the US 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, Pillsbury was Special Assistant for Asian Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, reporting to Andrew W. Marshall, Director of Net Assessment. Pillsbury is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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). More information on his book The Hundred-Year Marathon is now available here

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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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”

Fox Business

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 latest impasse with China on trade talks.

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

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.

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.

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

Michael Pillsbury on Fox News, July 5, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox News, July 5, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox News, June 22, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox News, June 22, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, June 21, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, June 21, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox News, June 21, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox News, June 21, 2018

Michael Pillsbury and Rebeccah Heinrichs on Fox News, June 10, 2018

Michael Pillsbury and Rebeccah Heinrichs on Fox News, June 10, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox News, June 2, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox News, June 2, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, May 30, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, May 30, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, May 23, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, May 23, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Tucker Carlson, May 9, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Tucker Carlson, May 9, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, May 9, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, May 9, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Tucker Carlson, May 3, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Tucker Carlson, May 3, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, May 3, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, May 3, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, April 9, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, April 9, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on PBS News Hour, March 28, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on PBS News Hour, March 28, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox News, March 23, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox News, March 23, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, March 16, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on Fox Business, March 16, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on PBS News Hour, March 9, 2018

Michael Pillsbury on PBS News Hour, March 9, 2018

Michael Pillsbury Testimony to U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, November 14, 2017

Michael Pillsbury Testimony to U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, November 14, 2017

Michael Pillsbury on PBS News Hour, November 13, 2017

Michael Pillsbury on PBS News Hour, November 13, 2017

Michael Pillsbury on PBS News Hour, July 31, 2017

Michael Pillsbury on PBS News Hour, July 31, 2017

Trump's First 100 Days: China Policy, NPR, April 25, 2017

Trump's First 100 Days: China Policy, NPR, April 25, 2017

President-elect Trump's China Policy, CNN Newsroom, December 5, 2016

President-elect Trump's China Policy, CNN Newsroom, December 5, 2016

President-elect Trump's China Policy, Fox Business, November 17, 2016

President-elect Trump's China Policy, Fox Business, November 17, 2016

What Do First Impressions Say about Trump's Foreign Policy?, PBS Newshour, November 17, 2016

What Do First Impressions Say about Trump's Foreign Policy?, PBS Newshour, November 17, 2016

China Deploys Missiles on Contested Island, Fox News, February 16, 2016

China Deploys Missiles on Contested Island, Fox News, February 16, 2016

Michael Pillsbury on the Laura Ingraham Show, September 3, 2015

Michael Pillsbury on the Laura Ingraham Show, September 3, 2015

Expert: China's Military Moves Signal Threat of War, CNN, May 29, 2015

Expert: China's Military Moves Signal Threat of War, CNN, May 29, 2015

Jeff Barnett Talks China with Michael Pillsbury, Inside Scoop, April 27, 2015

Jeff Barnett Talks China with Michael Pillsbury, Inside Scoop, April 27, 2015

Michael Pillsbury Unravels China's Secrets, Foxhole, April 24, 2015

Michael Pillsbury Unravels China's Secrets, Foxhole, April 24, 2015

China's 'Hundred Year Marathon,' with Michael Pillsbury, Asia Society, April 7, 2015

China's 'Hundred Year Marathon,' with Michael Pillsbury, Asia Society, April 7, 2015

Does China Have a Secret Plan to Take America’s Place? PBS NewsHour, February 25, 2015

Does China Have a Secret Plan to Take America’s Place? PBS NewsHour, February 25, 2015

China's Expansion Push in Southeast Asia Renews Concerns, Fox News, February 24, 2015

China's Expansion Push in Southeast Asia Renews Concerns, Fox News, February 24, 2015

China's Superpower Strategy, Defense News, February 22, 2015

China's Superpower Strategy, Defense News, February 22, 2015

Opinion Journal: China’s ‘Peaceful Rise’ Is a Mirage, WSJ Live, February 5, 2015

Opinion Journal: China’s ‘Peaceful Rise’ Is a Mirage, WSJ Live, February 5, 2015

Michael Pillsbury talks about China and his book, The Hundred-Year Marathon, John Batchelor Show, February 4, 2015

Michael Pillsbury talks about China and his book, The Hundred-Year Marathon, John Batchelor Show, February 4, 2015

Alibaba Is a Play on Chinese Government: Pillsbury, Bloomberg, February 4, 2015

Alibaba Is a Play on Chinese Government: Pillsbury, Bloomberg, February 4, 2015

Michael Pillsbury talks about his new book, The Hundred-Year Marathon, NewsMaxTV's Midpoint, February 4, 2015

Michael Pillsbury talks about his new book, The Hundred-Year Marathon, NewsMaxTV's Midpoint, February 4, 2015

Will China Become The Next Global Superpower?, The Leonard Lopate Show, February 4, 2015

Will China Become The Next Global Superpower?, The Leonard Lopate Show, February 4, 2015

Author Debriefing: The Hundred-Year Marathon, International Spy Museum Spycast, February 3, 2015

Author Debriefing: The Hundred-Year Marathon, International Spy Museum Spycast, February 3, 2015

China tries to blame US for Hong Kong protests, Fox News, October 13, 2014

China tries to blame US for Hong Kong protests, Fox News, October 13, 2014

Economic, Cyber Espionage Issues May Dominate US-China Talks, VOA, July 10, 2013

Economic, Cyber Espionage Issues May Dominate US-China Talks, VOA, July 10, 2013

"What Does History Say About U.S. Success in Arming Rebel Movements?" Pillsbury Discusses on PBS NewsHour, July 4, 2013

Will China's Economy Continue to Grow? Fox News, April 25, 2012

Will China's Economy Continue to Grow? Fox News, April 25, 2012

Who Will Emerge as the Next Chinese Leader?, Fox News, February 23, 2012

Who Will Emerge as the Next Chinese Leader?, Fox News, February 23, 2012

Pillsbury on

Pillsbury on "How Troubled are US-China Relations?", PBS NewsHour, February 15, 2012