From September to November 1999, Lieutenant Colonel Zhou Bo was the inaugural Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Visiting Fellow at the Australian Army's 'think tank', the Land Warfare Studies Centre (LWSC), in Canberra. During this fellowship he primarily worked on issues relating to South Asian nuclear disarmament. Lieutenant Colonel Zhou was born in Hubei Province in 1963 and graduated from the PLA Air Force Engineering College in 1983. His subsequent military career has involved a wide range of unit, headquarters staff and research appointments. Since 1993 Lieutenant Colonel Zhou has worked in the Asian Affairs Bureau of the Foreign Affairs Office, in the Central Military Commission of the People's Republic of China and the Chinese Ministry of Defence. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1996 and is currently the senior desk officer with responsibilities for South Asia. His overseas service has included membership of the Sino-Indian Border Negotiation Team, and conferences and staff visits to over twenty countries. In more recent times he has also represented the PLA at international conferences and on staff visits in Malaysia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar and Thailand. Lieutenant Colonel Zhou holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature (1983) from the PLA Air Force Engineering College, a Master of Philosophy in International Relations (1997) from the University of Cambridge, and a Senior Executive Program Diploma (1999) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His Master's thesis at Cambridge was on 'Collective Security: The Role of ASEAN'.
(Last updated: December 1999)