Miles Maochun Yu

Robert Alexander Mercer Visting Fellow

Miles Maochun Yu is the Robert Alexander Mercer Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Dr. Yu served as the principal China policy advisor on the Policy Planning Staff to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. In that capacity, he advised the Secretary on all China-related issues, and participated in key U.S. government interagency deliberations on major policy and government actions with regard to China and other East Asian countries, including Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and a professor of East Asia and military and naval history at the United States Naval Academy (USNA). He is the author of numerous scholarly articles on military and intelligence history and newspaper columns; his books include OSS in China: Prelude to Cold War (Yale University Press, 1997) and The Dragon’s War: Allied Operations and the Fate of China, 1937–1947 (Naval Institute Press, 2006). He is the recipient of numerous awards including the USNA top researcher award, US Navy Special Action Award, and US Navy Meritorious Service Awards. He consults with other government agencies and Congress on China-related topics and has appeared on the PBS NewsHour as a China analyst, at various congressional hearings as an expert witness, and with the History and Discovery Channels as chief historian for military documentaries.

Yu received a doctorate in history from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from Swarthmore College, and a bachelor’s degree from Nankai University.

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The Futility of a Beijing-friendly Strategy

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Military History in the News
Friday, October 1, 2021

One unique aspect of America’s strategic competition with China is the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) weaponization of all domains of U.S.-China bilateral interactions. From Mao to Xi, all dealings with the U.S., ranging from trade, supply chain, cultural exchange, diplomatic routines, to academic and scientific research, engineering innovation, and defense technology development, have been viewed as nothing but matters of “struggle,” an essential Leninist strategy that centers on the uncompromising nature of the inner contradictions between socialism and capitalism.

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The Lin Biao Incident And The People’s Liberation Army Of Purges

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

A hallmark of communist military culture is the ruthless purge of the most senior commanders who are considered able but simultaneously threatening to the supreme leader. During the Great Purge of the 1930s, Stalin purged three of his five Red Army marshals, thirteen of his fifteen army commanders, and eight of his nine admirals.

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China’s Quagmire With Vietnam

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

China watchers’ eyes are trained on the Taiwan Strait, a body of water just eighty miles wide at its narrowest juncture, which could be the flashpoint of the next great-power war. China’s General Secretary, Xi Jinping, has made his intention to “reunify” mainland China with the island nation, if necessary by force.

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Big Lies That Won’t Die: Chinese Communist Party Propaganda About Korea And COVID-19

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Military History in the News
Monday, September 13, 2021

In May, the White House ordered America’s intelligence agencies to deliver a report on COVID-19’s origins within 90 days. And when the inconclusive findings came out last month, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accelerated its big lie of the pandemic: that the virus originated not in Wuhan, but at the U.S. Army base at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

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Five Reasons Why Taiwan Should Lie within the Defense Umbrella of the United States

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Strategika
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

1. For the same reason the Americans defended West Berlin during the Cold War, because we all knew if West Berlin fell, freedom would die in that part of the world.

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Iran In China’s Grand Strategy

by Miles Maochun Yuvia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

China does not have a fixed Iran doctrine. And Iran does not have a historic China doctrine, as it usually places its geostrategic emphasis on the Middle East, the United States, and Europe. But the two revolutionary regimes are coming together.

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Beijing’s Woke Propaganda War in America

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Strategika
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Propaganda is older than the medieval printing press, and every communications innovation increases the propagandists’ reach. Westerners most often think of propaganda coming from its two ardent twentieth-century practitioners: the German Nazis and the Soviet communists.

Miles Yu: An Assessment Of The CCP’s Economic Ambitions, Plans, And Metrics Of Success

with Miles Maochun Yuvia US-China Economics & Security Review Commission
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Miles Yu testifies before the US-China Economics & Security Review Commission on "An Assessment of the CCP’s Economic Ambitions, Plans, and Metrics of Success."

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America’s Protests and the CCP’s Dogma of Inevitability

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Strategika
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

America’s violent protests in the summer of 2020 have impacted how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) re-calculates the geopolitical power balance and strategic risk of a head-on confrontation between it and the presumably weakened United States, and enlivened the communist government’s ideological impulses against the international capitalist system.

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America on Top

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Strategika
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has been the lone superpower that, if it’s so willing, can exert preponderant influence over the global, geostrategic, and geopolitical order. In a true sense, a bipolar or multi-polar world order whereby the U.S. is of equal status and influence with another “pole” or “poles” does not really exist.