Magazine July 9, 2012, Issue

Questions on Taiwan

Taipei 101 (Top Photo/Corbis)
The wonderfulness and anxiety of a little-known country

Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan is one of the most admirable countries in the world, but that does not mean it is a well-known country. Say “Taiwan” to people, and they might well respond, “Thailand?” Taiwanese diplomats in the West hear this all the time. Their country, however, is a model. It left behind dictatorship to become a liberal democracy, with a free economy, flourishing. A Chinese dissident I know says Taiwan is his “favorite place.” If Taiwan can have freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of worship, an independent judiciary, the rule of law, multiparty elections, rotation in office, human rights

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