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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2016/08/02 | 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.

2016/08/02 | 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.

2016/08/01 | 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.

2016/07/29 | 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.

2016/07/28 | 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.

2016/07/27 | 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.

2016/07/27 | J. Michael Cole

Taiwan, Hong Kong Artists Forced to Sign ‘No Separatism’ Form: Reports

While there has not been any confirmation of a new rule, several artists have heard rumors that they will have to sign the document to perform in China.

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.

2016/07/22 | J. Michael Cole

The Closing of the Chinese Mind

‘If we are to avoid major tensions in the Taiwan Strait, there will have to be a time when the people in Chinese academia and government who actually know what is going on in Taiwan are allowed to speak up.’

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.

2016/07/20 | J. Michael Cole

Visit to Taiping Island: An Exercise in Wastefulness and Futility

A bipartisan group of Taiwanese legislators headed for the South China Sea today to ‘defend’ the nation’s sovereignty. All of this is grandstanding and does nothing to protect Taiwan against external aggression.

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.

2016/07/18 | 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.

2016/07/15 | 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.

2016/07/12 | 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.

2016/07/11 | 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.

2016/07/07 | J. Michael Cole

BREAKING: Explosion at Taiwan Train Station, 24 Injured

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of the explosion.

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.