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Taiwan leapfrogs Japan and South Korea to top Asia democracy table

EIU report highlights Hong Kong's downward spiral

Supporters of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen celebrate her election victory at a rally outside in Taipei in January last year.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Taiwan leapfrogged Japan and South Korea to become the highest ranked democracy in Asia, according to a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

A successful election last year and a series of positive political and legal improvements in recent years propelled Taiwan to 11th spot globally in the Democracy Index 2020 report -- a leap of 20 places from a year earlier.

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