Michal Thim

Michal Thim is a Taiwan analyst at the Prague-based think tank, Association for International Affairs (AMO), and a member of the Centre for International Maritime Security with a research focus on cross-strait relations, and East and Southeast Asian regional politics and security. Michal was director of the AMO Research Centre from July 2007 until August 2010. He studied in the Asia-Pacific Studies programme at the National Chengchi University (Taiwan) in 2010-2012 and returned to Taiwan in 2014 as a visiting researcher in the Taiwan Fellowship programme.
Michal Thim
Michal Thim is a Taiwan analyst at the Prague-based think tank, Association for International Affairs (AMO), and a member of the Centre for International Maritime Security with a research focus on cross-strait relations, and East and Southeast Asian regional politics and security. Michal was director of the AMO Research Centre from July 2007 until August 2010. He studied in the Asia-Pacific Studies programme at the National Chengchi University (Taiwan) in 2010-2012 and returned to Taiwan in 2014 as a visiting researcher in the Taiwan Fellowship programme.

Latest from Michal Thim

Opinion | Behind the US’ smaller arms package to Taiwan lie bigger problems for China

It’s not the size of the most recent arms sale to Taiwan that should bother Beijing, but the increasing frequency of the deals, and that Europe is now getting in on the act.

3 Oct 2018 - 9:17AM

It’s not the size of the most recent arms sale to Taiwan that should bother Beijing, but the increasing frequency of the deals, and that Europe is now getting in on the act.

Behind the US’ smaller arms package to Taiwan lie bigger problems for China
Opinion | China’s predictable squeezing of Taiwan hasn’t had the desired effect, and it may be time for Beijing to rethink its strategy as a US backlash gathers pace

The US’ increasing interest in countering Beijing’s pressure on Taipei, along with the apparent failure of Taiwan’s opposition to make political gains, indicates the PRC’s approach to cross-strait relations is creating more problems than it solves.

31 Aug 2018 - 6:47PM

The US’ increasing interest in countering Beijing’s pressure on Taipei, along with the apparent failure of Taiwan’s opposition to make political gains, indicates the PRC’s approach to cross-strait relations is creating more problems than it solves.

China’s predictable squeezing of Taiwan hasn’t had the desired effect, and it may be time for Beijing to rethink its strategy as a US backlash gathers pace
Opinion | Xi Jinping’s rhetoric on Taiwan may have been gentler, but his bag of carrots and sticks remains the same

President Xi Jinping’s softer tone on Taiwan during his meeting with a senior Taiwanese politician does not indicate a change in Beijing’s stance.

25 Jul 2018 - 6:29AM

President Xi Jinping’s softer tone on Taiwan during his meeting with a senior Taiwanese politician does not indicate a change in Beijing’s stance.

Xi Jinping’s rhetoric on Taiwan may have been gentler, but his bag of carrots and sticks remains the same
Taiwan’s military exercise sends three loud and clear messages – to China, the US and its own people

Given that military force might be China’s only option in its pursuit of Taiwan, the island’s recent drills signal its battle readiness.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Given that military force might be China’s only option in its pursuit of Taiwan, the island’s recent drills signal its battle readiness.

Taiwan’s military exercise sends three loud and clear messages – to China, the US and its own people
Opinion | For all its power, China can’t sever Taiwan’s links to the rest of the world

The poaching of Taiwan’s few remaining diplomatic allies may seem a symbolic victory for Beijing, but it will do little to dent the island’s relationships with its unofficial allies.

3 May 2018 - 6:44PM

The poaching of Taiwan’s few remaining diplomatic allies may seem a symbolic victory for Beijing, but it will do little to dent the island’s relationships with its unofficial allies.

For all its power, China can’t sever Taiwan’s links to the rest of the world
How an increasingly assertive China is pushing Taiwan closer to the US

Beijing’s tough rhetoric on Taiwan is not helping its unification goal and, in fact, provides justification for the sale of American arms for Taiwan’s defence.

25 Mar 2018 - 5:50PM

Beijing’s tough rhetoric on Taiwan is not helping its unification goal and, in fact, provides justification for the sale of American arms for Taiwan’s defence.

How an increasingly assertive China is pushing Taiwan closer to the US
Why Trump’s new security strategy on China and Taiwan means the gloves are off in Sino-US rivalry

The new US national security strategy places relations with China outside ambiguous niceties, with the open declaration of a new era of competition.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The new US national security strategy places relations with China outside ambiguous niceties, with the open declaration of a new era of competition.

Why Trump’s new security strategy on China and Taiwan means the gloves are off in Sino-US rivalry
China only has itself to blame for fresh US arms sales to Taiwan
Why Beijing will be watching as Taiwan’s new KMT leader gears up for local elections in 2018
How China’s new aircraft carrier can help get Beijing’s political messages across
Taiwan’s call for realistic defences against China may find a sympathetic ear in the Trump White House
Any strategy by Beijing to leave Taiwan stripped of allies may well backfire
For Beijing, seizure of Singapore armoured vehicles is a low-risk shot across the bows
KMT will face grim prospects as an agent of Beijing’s interests
China’s ‘divide and rule’ attitude in Southeast Asia is good for no one, including itself
Is a new cold war brewing over the South China Sea?
Why it’s in Beijing’s best interests to keep cross-strait relations on an even keel
No ulterior motive: Taiwanese extradition case was just badly handled by Beijing
Xi Jinping’s Prague trip highlighted the limits to China’s soft power
For a lesson on party revival, Taiwan’s KMT should look to its bitter rival – the DPP
Will China’s smart strategy in the South China Sea push things one step too far?
Beijing should see new political realities in Taiwan as a chance to find common ground with Democratic Progressive Party