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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 need for increased FBI funding for counterintelligence against China.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the need for increased FBI funding for counterintelligence against China.

Michael Pillsbury discusses Secretary Mike Pompeo’s meeting with China’s top diplomat.

Michael Pillsbury discusses Secretary Mike Pompeo’s meeting with China’s top diplomat.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s intent to fight back against attempts at decoupling.

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s intent to fight back against attempts at decoupling.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s propaganda machine and the CCP’s use of channels of influence to extend its power.

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s propaganda machine and the CCP’s use of channels of influence to extend its power.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses the growing list of tensions between the U.S. and China.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the growing list of tensions between the U.S. and China.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s aggressive rhetoric towards Trump administration officials.

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s aggressive rhetoric towards Trump administration officials.

Michael Pillsbury discusses Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the WHO.

Michael Pillsbury discusses Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the WHO.

Sinclair

Michael Pillsbury discusses Beijing’s aggression toward Hong Kong.

Michael Pillsbury discusses Beijing’s aggression toward Hong Kong.

Politico

Michael Pillsbury discusses the possibility of a continued business relationship with China and the importance of holding China accountable for coronavirus.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the possibility of a continued business relationship with China and the importance of holding China accountable for coronavirus.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses President Trump’s concerns about China and his political battle with House Democrats.

Michael Pillsbury discusses President Trump’s concerns about China and his political battle with House Democrats.

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury discusses the Trump administration’s attempts to cut Huawei off from global chipmakers.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the Trump administration’s attempts to cut Huawei off from global chipmakers.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s failure to purchase more U.S. goods and continued theft of intellectual property.

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s failure to purchase more U.S. goods and continued theft of intellectual property.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board and the investment of American retirement funds into Chinese equities.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board and the investment of American retirement funds into Chinese equities.

Fox Business

Mike Pillsbury discusses investigations into the origins of the Wuhan virus.

Mike Pillsbury discusses investigations into the origins of the Wuhan virus.

Fox Business

Bill Hemmer on Fox News, Michael Pillsbury discusses rumors surrounding Kim Jong Un’s health.

Bill Hemmer on Fox News, Michael Pillsbury discusses rumors surrounding Kim Jong Un’s health.

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury discusses Communist China’s global disinformation campaign against the United States.

Michael Pillsbury discusses Communist China’s global disinformation campaign against the United States.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses the complicity of the WHO in the coronavirus coverup and a potential future investigation.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the complicity of the WHO in the coronavirus coverup and a potential future investigation.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses allegations that coronavirus originated in a Chinese research lab.

Michael Pillsbury discusses allegations that coronavirus originated in a Chinese research lab.

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury discusses Chinese attempts to cover information about the coronavirus pandemic.

Michael Pillsbury discusses Chinese attempts to cover information about the coronavirus pandemic.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses the possibility that coronavirus originated as part of China’s biological warfare program.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the possibility that coronavirus originated as part of China’s biological warfare program.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s attempts to control the specialized agencies of the United States.

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s attempts to control the specialized agencies of the United States.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses accusations that China is withholding important information about coronavirus from the United States.

Michael Pillsbury discusses accusations that China is withholding important information about coronavirus from the United States.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses China and the WHO.

Michael Pillsbury discusses China and the WHO.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s COVID-19 disinformation campaign.

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s COVID-19 disinformation campaign.

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury discusses the false Coronavirus statistics coming out of China.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the false Coronavirus statistics coming out of China.

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s propaganda campaign about the coronavirus.

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s propaganda campaign about the coronavirus.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury discusses the unfolding Coronavirus pandemic.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the unfolding Coronavirus pandemic.

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s attempts to turn the blame for the Coronavirus outbreak back on the U.S.

Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s attempts to turn the blame for the Coronavirus outbreak back on the U.S.

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury discusses the WHO and Chinese propaganda surrounding the spread of Coronavirus.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the WHO and Chinese propaganda surrounding the spread of Coronavirus.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses ways to combat coronavirus.

Michael Pillsbury discusses ways to combat coronavirus.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses coronavirus and China’s economy.

Michael Pillsbury discusses coronavirus and China’s economy.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses the slow down of Chinese coronavirus cases and what it could mean for the stock market.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the slow down of Chinese coronavirus cases and what it could mean for the stock market.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses the coronavirus outbreak.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the coronavirus outbreak.

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses the coronavirus epidemic and America’s dependency on China for medical supplies.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the coronavirus epidemic and America’s dependency on China for medical supplies.

Fox Business

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’

Fox Business

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.

Fox Business

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

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

Fox Business

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.

Fox Business

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.

Fox Business

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.

Fox News

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

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

Fox Business

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

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

Full Measure

Michael Pillsbury discusses the economic growth that could result from ‘phase one’ of the U.S.-China trade deal as well as the potential for military threat from China.

Michael Pillsbury discusses the economic growth that could result from ‘phase one’ of the U.S.-China trade deal as well as the potential for military threat from China.

Fox Business

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

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

Fox Business

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.

Fox Business

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

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

Fox Business

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

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

Fox Business

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

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

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses tariff rollbacks

Michael Pillsbury discusses tariff rollbacks

Fox Business

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

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

Fox Business

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

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

Fox Business

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

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

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses the CCP and Tik Tok

Michael Pillsbury discusses the CCP and Tik Tok

Fox Business

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

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses Chinese concentration camps

Michael Pillsbury discusses Chinese concentration camps

Fox News

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

Fox Business

Michael Pillsbury discusses U.S.-China Trade Talks

Michael Pillsbury discusses U.S.-China Trade Talks

Fox News

Michael Pillsbury discusses the ongoing trade deal with China

Michael Pillsbury discusses the ongoing trade deal with China

Fox Business

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.

Fox Business

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.

Fox Business

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.

Fox Business

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.

CNBC

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.

Fox News

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

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

Fox Business

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.

Fox Business

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.

Fox Business

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.

Fox Business

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.

Fox News

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.

Fox Business

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.

Fox Business

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.

CNN

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

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

Fox News

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.

Fox Business

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”

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 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.