Public Figure Profiles

James R. Lilley

James Roderick Lilley (simplified Chinese: 李洁明; traditional Chinese: 李潔明; pinyin: Lǐ Jiémíng; January 15, 1928 – November 12, 2009) was a CIA operative and an American diplomat. He served as United States ambassador to China from 1989 to 1991.

Born to American parents in China, Lilley learned Mandarin at a young age before his family moved back to the United States at the outbreak of World War II. He served in the United States Army before earning an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a master's in international relations from George Washington University. He then joined the Central Intelligence Agency, where he would work for nearly 30 years in a variety of Asian countries prior to becoming a diplomat.

Before being appointed ambassador to China in 1989, he was director of the American Institute in Taiwan, Washington's de facto embassy on the island, and ambassador to South Korea. After the suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests, Lilley was critical of the Chinese crackdown and harbored a prominent dissident in the embassy, but worked to prevent long-term damage to United States–China relations. After his retirement, he published a memoir and worked as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Some of their strengths

James R. Lilley has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Generous, Hardworking, Intelligent, Smart, Loyal, Kind, and Diplomatic.

Smart and Hardworking

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, James R. Lilley is someone who is a smart, hardworking, reliable, and loyal person, who is detail-oriented and orderly, but also generous and optimistic. A person who is known for being a good communicator.

Strong and Resilient

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know James R. Lilley well know them as someone who can be strong, expansive, and stable like a big tree.

Courteous and Easygoing

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe James R. Lilley as someone who is polite, modest, and diplomatic.

A person who tends to be socially popular, who loves intellectual or creative activities, who has a talent for communicating with and understanding the needs of others, and who seems to have a knack for getting recognized for their efforts.

Realistic and Skillful

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, James R. Lilley is someone who is able to separate emotions from reality, see the world in terms of right or wrong, and who is very good at getting things done.

They are also someone who is altruistic, tolerant, and sophisticated, and who tends to be a perfectionist who is always working to try and make everything and everyone better.

Patient and Perseverent

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, James R. Lilley tends to be someone who is patient, faithful, hardworking and persistent, and who wants to achieve a lot in life. Who tends to be rather private when it comes to expressing feelings, enjoys being independent and self-sufficient, and who is not afraid of any obstacle.

Some of James R. Lilley's challenges

While James R. Lilley has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, James R. Lilley can be Materialistic, Suspicious, Stubborn, Hesitant, Narcissistic, Complicated, and Brusque.

Suspicious and Stubborn

One of James R. Lilley's key challenges is that they are someone who can be suspicious and stubborn.

James R. Lilley must also exercise caution as they can have a hard time reconciling wants and needs.

Indecisive and Materialistic

James R. Lilley is someone who can be indecisive, indulgent, and materialistic, who can have difficulty focusing on a single career or profession, have difficulty following orders or respecting authority, and who can suffer from "analysis paralysis".

Callous and Stubborn

Finally, James R. Lilley also can come across as cold and unemotional, be too dismissive of others' opinions, and be overly suspicious, selfish and crafty.