J. Michael Cole

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J. Michael Cole is a senior non-resident fellow with the University of Nottingham’s China Policy Institute and an associate researcher with the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC).

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2016/07/19 | J. Michael Cole
Taiwan Must Avoid Short-Termism and Think Strategically
With control of both the legislative and executive branches of government, it must be very tempting for the DPP to take bold actions. But there are risks in doing so, and the Tsai administration is well aware of that.
2016/06/30 | J. Michael Cole
Singaporean Charged for Threatening to 'Open Fire' on LGBT Community
If found guilty, the 36-year-old man faces a maximum of five years’ imprisonment. His case also appears to have energized anti-LGBT elements in the country.
2016/06/16 | J. Michael Cole
Ma Ying-jeou’s Great SOPA Whitewash
The former Taiwanese president had a golden opportunity to give hope to embattled journalists in Hong Kong. He blew it.
2016/06/08 | J. Michael Cole
For Beijing, Student Exchanges May Simply Be a Means to an End
If the reports are true, Beijing may have decided to ‘punish’ Taiwan and the DPP by barring young Chinese nationals from studying in Taiwan.
2016/06/14 | J. Michael Cole
Politics Behind Athens’ Denial of License to China Airlines
The eleventh-hour cancellation of 18 scheduled flights between Taoyuan and Athens occurs amid closer economic ties between China and the cash-strapped country.
2016/06/14 | J. Michael Cole
Support Unification? Ride This Cab
One major taxi company in Taiwan has affiliations that may make you think twice before you open the door and jump in. Or not, depending on your views about Taiwan’s future.
2016/07/15 | J. Michael Cole
Chinese Communist Youth League Wins: Film Drops Taiwanese Actor from Project
After weeks of pressure online and a threat of boycott by Chinese ultranationalists, a film studio has given in and chose to replace Taiwan’s award-winning actor Leon Dai.
2016/10/06 | J. Michael Cole
Over 75 Percent of Chinese Believe Way of Life Must be Protected Against ‘Outside Influences’
As China sees a greater role for itself on the global stage, it is also becoming more apprehensive about potential designs against its emergence as a major power.
2016/08/31 | J. Michael Cole
OP-ED: China’s Censorship Rules Reach New Level of Absurdity
The CCP’s gradual descent into regulatory madness suggests that it is losing its grip on reality and on the people whom it seeks to control.
2016/12/07 | J. Michael Cole
Taiwan, Not the US, to Pay the Price for the Trump-Tsai Call
While punishing Taiwan may be Beijing’s proximate aim, China may also hope to convince the Trump administration that closer engagement with Taipei isn’t in their interests, as this will inevitably lead to renewed instability in the Taiwan Strait, argues J. Michael Cole
2016/10/04 | J. Michael Cole
WEF Corrects 'Error' in Annual Report, Reinstates ‘Taiwan, China’
Beijing imposes a fiction about Taiwan and often gets its way in global institutions. But in the end, nomenclature will never change the facts on the ground.
2016/08/24 | J. Michael Cole
OP-ED: The Tsai Administration Needs to Stop Stalling on Marriage Equality
For years the DPP blamed the KMT for stalled efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Taiwan. Now in control of both the executive and legislative branches of government, the DPP has no valid argument for further delays.
2016/05/31 | J. Michael Cole
PLA 'Stride' Military Exercises: Is Taiwan in the Crosshairs?
While it may be tempting to see connections between large-scale drills and Tsai Ing-wen’s election in January, 2016, Zhurihe is not evidence of escalation. 
2016/06/24 | J. Michael Cole
As Expected, Cambodia Deports 25 Taiwanese Fraud Suspects to PRC
In an echo of incidents involving Kenya and Malaysia, earlier today 25 Taiwanese nationals were deported from Cambodia to China.
2016/07/05 | J. Michael Cole
Top Chinese Official Calls for Greater Cooperation with Taiwan Media
Given the state of the media in China today, any closer cooperation with its highly censored and propagandistic news outlets would be suicidal for would-be partners.
2016/08/23 | J. Michael Cole
OP-ED: Rebuild the Dapu Pharmacy
As the Tsai administration mulls updating Taiwan’s antiquated laws on land expropriation, one demolished building serves as a powerful symbol.