Xia Liping is General-Secretary and Professor at the Shanghai Institute for International Strategic Studies (SIISS), and Deputy Director of the Department of American Studies and head of East Asia Security and Arms Control Project at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS). He is also Deputy Director of Shanghai Center for Pan-Pacific Strategic and International Studies. He is Colonel (PLA Reserve), and Senior Guest Fellow at the Institute of International Technology and Economics in the Center for Development Studies under the PRC State Council. He specializes in Asia-Pacific security and arms control. He got the Master Degree of Law from the PLA Foreign Language University. From 1989 to 1996, he was Associate Professor of the Institute for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Beijing. From 1972 to 1984, he worked as a military officer for the Headquarters of Fuzhou Regional Command and the Headquarters of PLA General Staff. He has published many books and papers.