Taiwan ranks Asia's second freest country
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Taiwan ranks the second freest country in Asia in the annual Freedom in the World report.
The Freedom House report ratings are based on people's access in the region to political rights and civil liberties.
Japan topped the list in Asia with an aggregate score of 96 points, followed by Taiwan with 94 points, and Mongolia with 84 points.
The report says globally, Taiwan was rated as “free” on the list of 210 countries and territories.
Taiwan scored 38 points out of a maximum 40 for political rights, and 56 out of a maximum of 60 for civil liberties.
And according to Freedom House, “Taiwan's vibrant and competitive democratic system has allowed three peaceful transfers of power between rival parties since 2000, and protections for civil liberties are generally robust.”
The report also said that escalating pressure from Beijing's continued threats to Taiwan's sovereignty.
China was rated as “not free” in the report, with a total score of 9, dropping one point from last year.