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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2016/06/06 | J. Michael Cole

Taiwan’s Compulsory Military Service: Fix it or Drop it

If Taiwan is to retain a basic military training program, it should make sure the nation gets a proper return on the investment.

2016/07/21 | J. Michael Cole

Ex-Convict Calls on ‘Anti-Independence Heroes’ to Firebomb DPP HQ

Tung Nien-tai is known to seek publicity and may be mentally unstable. Police have been alerted.

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. 

2016/08/16 | J. Michael Cole

Watchdog Accuses HK, Taiwan Media of Complicity in China’s Show Trials

Through ‘confessions’ and TV trials, the CCP is seeking to discredit human rights activists and lawyers. Sadly, some media outlets in Taiwan and Hong Kong have no compunction in spreading the message.

2016/11/24 | J. Michael Cole

OP-ED: More than Marriage Equality, it’s a Battle Between Reason and Obscurantism

The current mess isn’t a gentlemen’s debate on policy, where one side’s facts are weighed against those of their opponents; it is, instead, a battle between the forces of reason and obscurantism, writes J. Michael Cole.

2016/06/21 | J. Michael Cole

Like It or Not, the KMT Is No Monolith

For all its faults, today’s KMT cannot be accused of being a ‘stooge’ of Beijing, as an opinion maker in Hong Kong argued recently.

2016/07/28 | J. Michael Cole

A Bear and a Complex Character: New Symbols of Taiwanese Patriotism?

Symbols are essential to nationalism, and Taiwan will need more of those if it is to succeed in making the case for its continued existence as a distinct political entity on the international stage.

2016/09/23 | J. Michael Cole

ICAO Refuses to Invite Taiwan to Assembly

The decision yet again demonstrates China's ability to coerce international institutions into making decision that go against their very mandate, putting politics before public health and safety.

2016/09/27 | J. Michael Cole

[BOOKS] Convergence or Conflict in the Taiwan Strait: A Journey

Published by Routledge today, ‘Convergence or Conflict’ shows why Taiwan matters, where it is headed, and why ‘peaceful unification’ is illusory.

2016/06/03 | J. Michael Cole

Who Is Pushing Away from Whom in the Taiwan Strait?

President Tsai is being accused of trying to move Taiwan away from China. Rather than accuse Taipei of breaking an unwritten rule, we should instead ask why China has become less and less attractive to the people of Taiwan.

2016/06/17 | J. Michael Cole

TAO Says Chinese Anger Not Aimed at Taiwan but ‘Taiwan Independence’

An Fengshan blames everything on those in Taiwan who seek to ‘secede’ from China. Unfortunately for him, the problem is a much more formidable one.

2016/08/19 | J. Michael Cole

OP-ED: Patience, Patience on UN Bid

Taiwan’s inability to join the U.N. under a proper name and as a full member is preposterous. But those are that cards that history has dealt it, and it must use them wisely. Impetuousness will gain it nothing.