James Bellacqua
Principal Research Scientist


James Bellacqua is a Senior Research Scientist in CNA's China Studies Division. At CNA, his research has focused on authoritative PRC media signaling, Chinese perceptions of U.S. military operations in the Asia-Pacific, Chinese and U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia, and U.S.-Vietnam relations. Bellacqua has lived, worked, and traveled extensively throughout the Asia-Pacific, including three years in the People's Republic of China. Bellacqua speaks, reads, and writes Mandarin Chinese fluently.

Bellacqua is the author of "The U.S.-Vietnam Relations" (CNA, 2012), the editor of "The Future of China-Russia Relations" (University Press of Kentucky, 2010), and a contributing author to "China's Response to Terrorism" (U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, 2016).

Bellacqua holds an M.B.A from American University and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Lewis & Clark College. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies and he has also studied at Guangxi Normal University and the Harbin Institute of Technology.