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 undersecretary of defense for policy planning and was responsible for implementing the program of covert aid known as the Reagan Doctrine. He also served as special assistant for Asian affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense under President George H. W. Bush. Pillsbury is a senior fellow and the director for Chinese strategy at the Hudson Institute.
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"'There was a major breakdown 6 weeks ago. The talks really faced extinction at that point. They were taking back a lot of major points they were refusing to go further on the enforcement mechanism. And so that was a pretty bleak situation,' he said. 'I think what had to happen is...President Xi's team made clear...that he [needed] something on Huawei at this meeting. He also needed to have the tariffs at least not imposted at this meeting. Otherwise he would be saying no to any further talks. That's what President Trump did. It's a brilliant stroke. The president deserves a lot of credit.'"
In a Munk Debates event on May 30, 2019, Michael Pillsbury gives his view on China's position as a world leader in surveillance.
"China announced that it will raise tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods, after the U.S. raised duties on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Hudson Institute’s Michael Pillsbury reacts to the trade dispute."
"What will be US President Trump’s policy on China? How will China-US ties go after he takes office? Many have started to worry as his foreign policy has been unpredictable. CGTN's Tian Wei interviewed a US policy hardliner on China, Mr. Michael Pillsbury, who is a consultant at the US Department of Defence. He has been studying China since the 1970s and has served as a high-ranking government official in previous administrations. Though he says he’s not going to join Trump’s team of advisers, he believes the new US president will do a great job."