J. Michael Cole

J. Michael Cole

J. Michael Cole is a Taipei-based senior fellow with the Global Taiwan Institute in Washington, DC, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Ottawa, Canada, and the Taiwan Studies Programme at the University of Nottingham, UK.

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Opinion | Beijing is ramping up the pressure on Taiwan to undermine Tsai Ing-wen’s achievements

Beijing aims to discredit Tsai, erode Taiwan’s institutions and aggravate a polarised society with a view to aiding its local partners. Other attacks are being waged by local politicians who will use anything to hurt Tsai’s administration and lift their standing.

6 Jan 2021 - 8:48AM

Beijing aims to discredit Tsai, erode Taiwan’s institutions and aggravate a polarised society with a view to aiding its local partners. Other attacks are being waged by local politicians who will use anything to hurt Tsai’s administration and lift their standing.

Beijing is ramping up the pressure on Taiwan to undermine Tsai Ing-wen’s achievements
Opinion | Will Taiwan choose China or choose the world? Its next presidential election will determine its future

One candidate promises money and better relations with China. Another leans on progressive values and diversification. Their clash is likely to be highly acrimonious, and may well change the direction of the island.

25 Jul 2019 - 5:31AM

One candidate promises money and better relations with China. Another leans on progressive values and diversification. Their clash is likely to be highly acrimonious, and may well change the direction of the island.

Will Taiwan choose China or choose the world? Its next presidential election will determine its future
Opinion | China’s bullying of Taiwan highlights its helplessness against the drift of Taiwanese society

Beijing’s hopes for a gradual reunification of Taiwan with the mainland have been frustrated, not by Tsai Ing-wen and the DPP, but by Taiwanese society’s growing drift from mainland China. Unable to admit this, China has resorted to heavy-handed tactics that are pushing the Taiwanese further away.

3 Aug 2018 - 3:40PM

Beijing’s hopes for a gradual reunification of Taiwan with the mainland have been frustrated, not by Tsai Ing-wen and the DPP, but by Taiwanese society’s growing drift from mainland China. Unable to admit this, China has resorted to heavy-handed tactics that are pushing the Taiwanese further away.

China’s bullying of Taiwan highlights its helplessness against the drift of Taiwanese society
Why Beijing has no desire to turn the screw on Tsai Ing-wen and threaten stability across the Taiwan Strait