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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2016/07/03 | J. Michael Cole

China Ramps Up Information Warfare Operations Abroad

No longer reactive, China is now on a proactive track: it seeks to set the agenda by organizing and co-sponsoring international events, or by establishing partnerships with organizations abroad.

2016/08/02 | J. Michael Cole

China Opens Large Fishing Port to 'Safeguard' South China Sea Claims

A new port facility in Hainan could serve as a base for China’s ‘maritime militias’ in the disputed South China Sea.

2016/08/17 | J. Michael Cole

China Uses Thousands of Chinese Teachers to Combat Uighur ‘Separatism’

Beijing appears to be accelerating education programs designed to dilute the ethno-linguistic bond that gives Uighurs and Tibetans their distinct identity.

2016/07/26 | J. Michael Cole

A Catalyst for KMT Reform?

In post-Sunflower Taiwan, the KMT’s ‘ill-gotten’ assets are more scarlet letter than an advantage.

2016/07/01 | J. Michael Cole

Polish Journalists Denied Accreditation Due to Chinese Pressure

One of the journalists says that her criticism of Beijing’s human rights track record and her signing of an open letter ahead of President Xi’s visit last month are behind Warsaw’s giving in to Beijing’s demand that she be sidelined.

2016/10/03 | J. Michael Cole

OP-ED: Is Double Ten a Deadline for President Tsai?

Don’t hold your breath for a breakthrough in President Tsai’s cross-Strait policy on National Day.

2016/07/29 | J. Michael Cole

Due to ‘Safety Concerns’, Chinese Dance Competition Cancels HK Venue, Shifts to Taiwan

Various pro-CCP groups have been protesting outside Macpherson Stadium in Mong Kok District since July 20, prompting management to cancel its contract with the organizers of the competition.

2016/09/08 | J. Michael Cole

Official Blames ‘Rude’ Taiwanese for Drop in Chinese Tourism

‘We need to stop using smearing language about Chinese people, especially on the Internet.’

2016/06/15 | J. Michael Cole

Sports Event Rules and the Double Standards of the Taiwan Strait

FIFA and other sports organizations have strict rules against the display of political, religious, or abusive slogans during international matches. Those rules are also flagrantly biased.

2016/05/30 | J. Michael Cole

Looking for the Real ‘Troublemaker’ in the Taiwan Strait

Global headlines have a tendency to portray Taiwan and the DPP as the cause of instability in the Taiwan Strait. But things are a little more complex than that.

2016/09/14 | J. Michael Cole

Japanese Politician's Taiwan Connection Causes Storm as Party Vote Looms

Attacked for her dual nationality, Democratic Party deputy head Renho is in a race to abandon her ROC citizenship.

2016/06/04 | J. Michael Cole

The Fight for Freedom Knows No Borders

The Tiananmen Square Massacre anniversary is a reminder that defending freedom and human rights against tyranny is a common responsibility—and in our best interest.

2016/09/19 | J. Michael Cole

Spurned, Beijing Bypasses Taiwan’s Central Government

Beijing is seeking to undermine the authority of Taiwan’s central government by creating bilateral dependencies and sowing division within society. It has been going on for quite a while.

2016/08/02 | J. Michael Cole

Chinese Video Warns HK, Taiwan Could Turn Into Syria, Iraq

Shared by the Supreme People’s Court and the Communist Youth League, a video accuses pro-democracy activists of being in the pay of foreign agents and trying to spark a 'color revolution' in China.

2016/06/29 | J. Michael Cole

Is China Really That Irritable?

According to the narrative created by international media, Beijing is so obsessed with Taiwan that it is constantly ‘infuriated’ by it.