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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2016/09/30 | J. Michael Cole

OP-ED: Is the West Losing the Influence War to China?

Like-minded coalitions of major states are increasingly unable to counter Beijing’s efforts to isolate Taiwan at international institutions.

2016/10/14 | J. Michael Cole

China’s Negative Impact on Freedom of the Press Expands Outwards

We all know how China treats its own journalists. But what about the CCP's critics outside China? More and more, it's going after them, too.

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.

2016/10/04 | 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.

2016/07/19 | 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.

2016/10/06 | 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.

2016/06/30 | 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.

2016/06/08 | 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.

2016/12/22 | J. Michael Cole

Why the Sky Did Not Fall after São Tomé and Príncipe Dropped Taiwan

The loss of São Tomé and Príncipe, and of The Gambia before that, hardly constitute a knockout of Taiwan, writes J. Michael Cole.

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.

2016/12/07 | 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

2016/07/01 | J. Michael Cole

UPDATED: Taiwanese Navy ‘Mistakenly’ Fires ‘Carrier Killer’ Cruise Missile, Killing 1 Fisherman

One fisherman was killed and three injured in the incident. The Navy is conducting an investigation.

2016/07/12 | J. Michael Cole

Beijing in ‘State of Alert’ Ahead of Key Ruling on South China Sea

Armored vehicles and undercover police have been deployed around the Embassy of the Philippines in Beijing amid rumors of planned protests.

2016/09/01 | J. Michael Cole

BREAKING: Controversial Mao Concerts Cancelled

The performances glorifying a man who was responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of Chinese were too much for many Chinese Australian.

2016/08/26 | J. Michael Cole

OP-ED: Should Mao Enter the Building?

Two scheduled concerts in Australia honoring Chairman Mao have sparked calls for boycotts. Let them sing and dance and spin all they want in his honor. Our job isn’t to silence them, as this would make us no better than the CCP.

2016/08/01 | J. Michael Cole

Tsai Gets Passing Grade for Apology to Taiwan’s Aborigines

President Tsai’s apology to the nation’s Aborigines went better than expected. But that was the easy part: now the real work begins.

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.

2016/06/20 | J. Michael Cole

Citing ‘One China,’ Kyrgyzstan Bans All Contact With Taiwan

Economic dependence on China once again seems to be behind a country’s decision to avoid interactions with Taiwan.