In the 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International, Taiwan ranks 29th out of 180 countries based on lower “perceived levels of corruption”. Continuing its gradual improvement in the index, Taiwan placed well above both the Asia-Pacific regional and global averages.
In the the Human Freedom Index 2017 released by the Fraser Institute of Canada, Taiwan moved up from 26th to 18th place in terms of human freedom based on “79 distinct indicators of personal and economic freedom in the following areas”.
Following her landslide victory in Taiwan’s democratic elections in January 2016, President Tsai was noted in the magazine’s 2017 list for her courage in the face of adversity and pursuit of economic and labor reforms.
In the Heritage Foundation’s 23rd annual Economic Freedom Index rankings in 2017, Taiwan moved up from 17th to 11th place as one of the freest economies in the world based on “rule of law, government size, regulatory efficiency, and open markets”.
China, Hong Kong, and Singapore don’t qualify.