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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2016/07/18 | J. Michael Cole

Beijing Alters Recent History: Says Taipei Suspended Dialogue

China unilaterally suspended cross-strait communication mechanisms late last month after judging that President Tsai had failed to meet Beijing’s expectations.

2016/06/27 | J. Michael Cole

Taiwanese LGBT Group Shines in New York

Renting their own float, a group of Taiwanese students in the Big Apple invited the world to visit Taiwan to experience the largest gay pride parade in Asia.

2016/09/02 | J. Michael Cole

Taiwanese, Hong Kongers and Uighurs Not Welcome Near G20

Chinese authorities are making sure that no ‘troublemaker’ will be able to use the gathering of leaders to draw global attention to their causes.

2016/10/06 | J. Michael Cole

IKEA Unveils LGBT-Friendly ‘All Homes Are Created Equal’ Ad Campaign

Meanwhile in homophobic Russia, a gay couple is currently in the lead in a competition to select the next stars to be featured on the company's catalogue cover.

2016/08/18 | J. Michael Cole

INTERVIEW: A Conversation With NED President Carl Gershman

‘Accountability means elections, an independent media that can watch over, a judiciary, and an active, mobilized civil society, which is what you had with the Sunflower Movement. That’s the price of democracy. That’s what makes democracy work.’

2016/06/02 | J. Michael Cole

China’s Great Fear of the Looking Glass

An increasingly assertive Chinese Communist Party doesn’t want us to look too closely into China’s eroding human rights situation and activities abroad. We must keep at it, or we’ll all lose.

2016/08/03 | J. Michael Cole

After Taiwanese Artists, South Koreans Are Now the Targets of China’s Wrath

Little by little, Beijing is creating a Reich Culture Chamber with Chinese characteristics.

2016/07/04 | J. Michael Cole

Missile Incident Propels New Round of Insanity in Taiwan’s Media

Like other forces the world over, the Taiwanese military is prone to mistakes. While it should be pressured to improve its performance, repeated public humiliation isn’t the way to reach that goal.

2016/07/27 | J. Michael Cole

Chinese Warns of ‘Soft’ and ‘Insidious’ Taiwan Independence Forces

Chinese officials and academics continue to fail to understand the origins of the widespread opposition to unification in Taiwan.

2016/09/20 | J. Michael Cole

OP-ED: China the Twelve Year Old

For far too long we have allowed the tyrant child to determine our actions. This must stop. We must stop fearing it.

2016/07/11 | J. Michael Cole

Communist Youth League Slams Chinese Film Director For Starring Taiwanese Actor

Chinese ultranationalists have called for a boycott of Vicki Zhao’s upcoming film for her casting of Taiwan’s Leon Dai as the lead actor.

2016/05/31 | J. Michael Cole

The 'Chinese Taipei' WHA Controversy: Time to Think Strategically

President Tsai has been heavily criticized by the green camp for ‘failing’ to uphold the nation’s ‘dignity’ at this year’s WHA meeting in Switzerland. In reality, Taiwan’s participation was a small victory.

2016/09/02 | J. Michael Cole

UPDATED: PO Denies Tsai’s New Southbound Policy Coordination Office to Close

The Executive Yuan and negotiators from the Ministry of Economic Affairs will now be in charge of implementing the policy.

2016/07/07 | J. Michael Cole

Forbes’ Inexplicable Contempt for Taiwan

By putting it in the same category as Donald Trump, European nationalists and Rodrigo Duterte, Tim Ferguson provides an image of Taiwan’s democracy that is unfair in the extreme.

2016/06/21 | J. Michael Cole

Hong Kong-Based Legal Organization Challenges S China Sea Arbitration

The hitherto unknown Asia Pacific Institute of International Law is headed by a seasoned Hong Kong barrister with interesting ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

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.