Taiwan must be allowed to join the World Health Organization: J. Michael Cole in Nikkei Asia

Giving Taiwan its rightful place at the table will not cost China anything. We are all in this together, and this is not a zero-sum game, writes J. Michael Cole. By J. Michael Cole, May 12, 2021 Once again this year, various countries will call upon the World Health Organization to allow Taiwan to participate… Continue reading Taiwan must be allowed to join the World Health Organization: J. Michael Cole in Nikkei Asia

The Chinese Communist Party is playing dangerous games with history: J. Michael Cole for iPolitics

By downplaying the traumas of the Cultural Revolution and indoctrinating an entire new generation of Chinese people, the new history makes it more likely the widespread application of terror and violence will happen again, writes J. Michael Cole in iPolitics. Below is an excerpt from the article, which can be read in full here.  By… Continue reading The Chinese Communist Party is playing dangerous games with history: J. Michael Cole for iPolitics

A free, democratic and sovereign Taiwan is key to Japan’s national security: J. Michael Cole for Inside Policy

A joint statement by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and US President Joe Biden last week underscored the importance of Taiwan for the two allies to an extent not seen in half a century, writes J. Michael Cole.  By J. Michael Cole, April 21, 2021 A joint statement by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and… Continue reading A free, democratic and sovereign Taiwan is key to Japan’s national security: J. Michael Cole for Inside Policy

China is using our legal systems against us: J. Michael Cole in the National Post

The Chinese Communist Party is increasingly resorting to lawfare to intimidate, silence and impose financial and psychological costs on Beijing’s critics, writes J. Michael Cole in the National Post. Below is an excerpt from the article, which can be read in full here.  By J. Michael Cole, April 12, 2021 Facing growing scrutiny over its… Continue reading China is using our legal systems against us: J. Michael Cole in the National Post

Does Taiwan Have a Master Plan for War With a China? J. Michael Cole in the National Interest

Despite the relatively low probability of war in the Taiwan Strait in the immediate future, Taipei cannot afford to be complacent and must actively pursue an effective defense strategy, writes J. Michael Cole in the National Interest.  By J. Michael Cole, March 10, 2021 Taiwan must substantially increase the costs of invasion by promising unacceptable… Continue reading Does Taiwan Have a Master Plan for War With a China? J. Michael Cole in the National Interest

China must stop disrupting Taiwan’s handling of COVID-19: J. Michael Cole in Nikkei Asia

When it comes to Beijing, politics motivates everything, writes J. Michael Cole in Nikkei Asia. By J. Michael Cole, March 3, 2021 Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019, the Chinese Communist Party and some of its ideological allies in Taiwan have unremittingly politicized health issues to further Beijing’s agenda. It was… Continue reading China must stop disrupting Taiwan’s handling of COVID-19: J. Michael Cole in Nikkei Asia

The Better Angels of the Chinese Leadership – Is a More Responsible China Possible?: J. Michael Cole for Inside Policy

Our aim should be to see the emergence of a China that acts as a responsible rather than transactional stakeholder, writes J. Michael Cole. By J. Michael Cole, March 1, 2021 Less than a decade ago, China watchers who warned that the country was heading in a troubling direction were easily ignored as alarmists –… Continue reading The Better Angels of the Chinese Leadership – Is a More Responsible China Possible?: J. Michael Cole for Inside Policy

2021: The Year China and Taiwan Clash? J. Michael Cole in the National Interest

Beijing is upping the pressure because they realize Washington’s policy in support of Taipei will not change under President Joe Biden, writes J. Michael Cole in the National Interest.  By J. Michael Cole, January 26, 2021  Less than a week after the inauguration of a new administration in Washington, China is already flexing its muscles… Continue reading 2021: The Year China and Taiwan Clash? J. Michael Cole in the National Interest

Assessing the Trump administration’s record on Taiwan: New commentary by J. Michael Cole

OTTAWA, ON (January 19, 2021): With the US presidency about the change hands, many around the world wonder what changes the incoming Biden administration will bring to US foreign policy. Of particular concern is what this change might mean for the future of Taiwan. In the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s latest commentary titled “Will Taiwan miss US… Continue reading Assessing the Trump administration’s record on Taiwan: New commentary by J. Michael Cole

Beijing is ramping up the pressure on Taiwan to undermine Tsai Ing-wen’s achievements: J. Michael Cole in South China Morning Post

Beijing aims to discredit the Tsai administration, erode Taiwan’s institutions and aggravate a polarised society with a view to assisting its local partners, writes J. Michael Cole in the South China Morning Post.  By J. Michael Cole, January 11, 2021 Tensions in the Taiwan Strait have risen to a pitch not seen for decades since… Continue reading Beijing is ramping up the pressure on Taiwan to undermine Tsai Ing-wen’s achievements: J. Michael Cole in South China Morning Post