Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yao Yunzhu is director of the Center on China-American Defense Relations and senior researcher at the Asia-Pacific Office in the Department of World Studies, both at the People’s Liberation Army’s Academy of Military Science in China. A prominent analyst of nuclear issues, she has published and translated numerous books and articles on military and security issues. She first joined the PLA in 1970. In 2007, she was elected as a member of the 17th CCP Congress and was chosen as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Women in China.