James Lilley (died in 2009) "is Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he specializes in issues pertaining to China, Taiwan, and Korea. He has served as Director of the Institute for Global Chinese Affairs, University of Maryland, 1996-1997; its Senior Adviser, 1998-1999; Philip M. McKenna Visiting Scholar, Claremont McKenna College, 1995; Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Affairs, 1991-1993; Fellow, Harvard University, Institute of Politics, 1991; U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, 1989-1991, and to the Republic of Korea, 1986-1989; Deputy Assistant Secretary of state for East Asian Affairs, 1985-1986; Director, American Institute in Taiwan, 1982-1984; Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, 1978-1980; National intelligence officer for China, 1975-1978. He is the author of China's Military Faces the Future, coeditor (1999) The Future of China's Military, coeditor (1999); Crisis in the Taiwan Strait, coeditor (1997); and Beyond MFN: Trade with China and American Interests, coeditor (1994). 
- Director, U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.
- Advisory Board, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center
His wife is Sally Booth Lilley.
Former CIA Agent
"The height of the public portion of Lilley's career came during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. Because of a close relationship with then-President George H.W. Bush -- Lilley had served as the CIA station chief in the U.S. mission in Beijing when Bush was chief of mission in the early 1970s -- his graphic reports about the dramatic events unfolding in Beijing were often sent directly to the president.
"Lilley was a harsh critic of the crackdown. He housed top Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi in the embassy for a year and a month before the Chinese allowed Fang to leave for the United States.
"But Lilley also played a crucial role in arranging a secret trip by two senior U.S. officials to Beijing after the crackdown to assure China that the United States valued its relationship with Beijing...
"Lilley joined the CIA in 1951. He started his career, he wrote, "as a foot soldier in America's covert efforts to keep Asia from being dominated by Communist China." He helped insert agents into China, gathered intelligence in Hong Kong and battled against the communist takeover in Laos. He served as ambassador to South Korea, among other posts." 
- "Biography", U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, Accessed December 2006.
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- James Lilley dies at 81; ambassador to China and CIA operative, latimes, accessed December 11, 2010.