(Central News Agency, New York, 26) The CNN program today introduced Taiwan’s booming democracy and praised Taiwan’s outstanding performance in turnout, participation in public affairs, and epidemic prevention. It has become an international highlight under the trend of global democratic regression.
Fareed Zakaria (Fareed Zakaria), host of CNN’s Global Public Square (GPS), pointed out in the latest episode that Taiwan’s role in the “Economist Information Service” (Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranks 11th in the 2020 Global Democracy Index, which is the highest in Asia, and has improved to 20 places from 2019, and the improvement rate is the highest in the world.
▲The CNN program introduces Taiwan’s democratic development and praises Taiwan’s excellent performance in voter turnout, participation in public affairs, and epidemic prevention. (Photo/Central News Agency)
Zakaria said that this was mainly due to the fact that the voter turnout rate in Taiwan’s presidential election in January last year was as high as 75%, and since Taiwan’s first full election of members of Congress in 1992, Taiwan’s national power has been increasingly in the hands of the people in the past 10 years.
Zakaria said that Taiwan has also developed “digital democracy” since 2012, providing people with tools to debate, supervise, and cooperate on public affairs in a digital way, and the people’s political participation has also greatly increased.
Zakaria pointed out that everyone in Taiwan can access the Internet and will not be subject to censorship. It is no wonder that in the evaluation of the freedom of the Internet environment by the human rights organization Freedom House, Taiwan ranks among the best in the world, even surpassing democracies such as Germany and the United States.
Zakaria also said that the people of Taiwan not only displayed democratic vitality on the Internet, but the anti-service trade movement in 2014 also saw people taking to the streets, even occupying the Legislative Yuan, and demanding success.
In addition, the Taiwanese government’s response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) epidemic has further strengthened the public’s trust in the government.
The host stated that the cumulative number of people infected with the epidemic in Taiwan has so far only exceeded 16,000, which is one-fifth of Australia’s population. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s report praised the success of Taiwan’s epidemic prevention strategy, which saved the government from adopting measures that harm civil liberties implemented by many countries.
But Zakaria also mentioned that Taiwan’s democracy is limited by external conditions: Beijing on the other side of the Strait declares that Taiwan is part of China and is determined to unify Taiwan. China has not only carried out cultural attacks and military intimidation against Taiwan, it has isolated Taiwan internationally, and has also used intervention and false information to continuously interfere with Taiwan’s elections.