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  • Hi everyone! Welcome back on my channel.

  • I'm so happy you're joining me again.

  • I know it's been a while since I haven't done  any episodes about the news anymore about Taiwan

  • but there is a lot of stuff that has been  going on so I'm happy to get back to it!

  • Before we do I want to wish you  a super happy Lunar New Year.

  • It's the year of the ox,  

  • so I wish you all happiness health and  everything you wish for in this year of the ox.

  • It has also been Valentines two days ago, so happy  Valentines as well! (especially if you're single)

  • *high five*

  • The article I want to talk about today is  actually something I read in the newsletter

  • from the Taipei Representative Office

  • I get mail from them every fridaybecause I subscribe to the newsletter

  • This article is actually  super positive for Taiwan,

  • because Taiwan ranks first in Asia and 11th  globally in the EIU democracy index 2020.

  • The EIU, that's the 'Economist Intelligence Unit'

  • They have an index of democracy everywhere around  the world and actually if you go on their website,

  • you can see that they wrote  something about the year 2020:

  • "Democracy was dealt a major blow in 2020.

  • Almost 70% of countries covered by the  economist intelligence units democracy index  

  • recorded a decline in their overall score

  • as country after country locked down to  protect lives from a novel coronavirus.

  • The global average score fell to its lowest  level since the index began in 2006."

  • We can see that worldwide democracy hasn't  been doing so well according to this index,

  • but as the title told you, there iscountry that has been doing pretty well.

  • It's about Taiwan that is ranked first in Asia

  • and 11th globally out of the 167  countries that they assessed.

  • On february 3rd, by the London-based  Economist Intelligence Unit,

  • this score was actually published.

  • I'm going to read something more in the article.

  • "Singled out as this year's star performer,  

  • Taiwan climbed 20 places in the rankings  as compared to the previous year

  • and gained the denomination of "full democracy".

  • Taiwan's strengthening of  democracy backed the global trend

  • in a year that saw a large majority of  countries record a decline in their total scores

  • compared with previous year."

  • So this is very unusual. While most countries  were declining their democracy score,

  • Taiwan was actually rising up  this year! That's very remarkable.

  • "The report also described Taiwan  as a "beacon of democracy in Asia"

  • and chalked up the country's spectacular  rise as a reflection of a consolidation  

  • of positive political and legal  developments over recent years."

  • Today's news has also been reported  on several other news outlets.

  • For example on Taiwannews.com  

  • we can read that while Taiwan was still  categorized as a "flawed democracy" in 2019,

  • transparency in political party financing  as well as political and judicial reforms

  • propelled the nation 20 places higher on  the list this year. CNA reported this.

  • Taiwan was also one of only 38 countries  to improve their rankings in 2020

  • compared to the previous years

  • That's a huge achievement!

  • The only two other full democracies  in East Asia, Japan and South Korea  

  • finished at number 21 and 23.

  • China was listed as an authoritarian regime  at number 151, with Laos coming at number 161

  • and North Korea at the very bottom number 167."

  • Yeah, that's no surprise for North Korea there...

  • "On a global scale, Northern European countries  

  • occupied the top rankings  with Norway at number one,

  • Iceland at number two and Sweden at number three."

  • I have studied in Sweden! Just by the way...

  • "New Zealand finished in fourth  place followed by Canada.

  • Switzerland, often seen presented asmodel state by international surveys,

  • finished just one notch behind Taiwan in  the 12th slot." So that's pretty impressive.

  • Taiwan got a higher score  than Switzerland on the list.

  • Super impressive!

  • I would like to end this video by mentioning  some of your comments on the previous video,

  • Where I tried some Taiwanese snacks  that I got from a friend in Taiwan  

  • together with my friend Eline

  • There is one person with the user named  "Tasty treats and travel" who says:

  • "The coconut cheetos are often  used superstitiously for good luck

  • because the brand name, I think.

  • The school I work at will place them  around in weird locations for good luck

  • for example if the printer keeps breaking, people  will place a couple of those bags around it

  • I think they taste very coconutty. I couldn't  believe you didn't know what flavor they are!"

  • I think this is super super  funny because you know what...

  • this is not the only comments I read related  to these chips and these superstition beliefs!

  • So apparently in Taiwan  

  • it's usual to put these kind of Taiwanese  coconut cheetos around broken machines.

  • I even heard someone who was an engineer, and if  there is a very complex machine that's broken,

  • they would jokingly put these cheetos around  it. I really think this is so interesting!

  • I have never heard of any tradition like  that in Belgium, so that's something very  

  • Taiwanese I think.

  • Another comment from Alex Lin says:

  • "Before you try the peanut soup you can put it  in the cooler for a day. It will taste better."

  • Thank you for the advice Alex!

  • But I'm really confused, becauserecently saw another comment that mentioned  

  • that this soup is best if you heat it up!

  • So now I'm really confused. Some people say it's  better cold and some say I have to heat it up.

  • What do you think is right? Should peanut  soup be hot or cold? please let me know.

  • The person by the name of "My name is" says:

  • "Hi, your friend is like the fairy  princess in the movie Lord of the Rings.

  • Beautiful of course, both of you are  beautiful, elegant and generous."

  • That's so nice of you, to  give such a huge compliment!

  • And it's really funny because many of you have  noticed a similarity between my friend Eline

  • and the fairy princess in Lord of the Rings. What  do you guys think? Does she really look alike?

  • That was it for today's video. I hope you enjoyed!

  • I definitely always enjoy talking about positive  news like that, so I really had fun making this.

  • Thank you as usual for supporting me.

  • If you watched until the end,  

  • you're one of a kind! Not many people  do that, so you're pretty special.

  • Let's find a password.

  • Since it's new year of the ox, let's just say:

  • "Happy year of the ox!"

  • If you write that in the comments,  

  • I know you watched until the end  and all my love goes out to you!

  • I also want to mention something.

  • So actually, it's been a little bit hard juggling  my work and private life and making videos

  • because there's so much work  that goes into making videos.

  • I have to first find the idea of what to filmthen I have to film and set up everything myself,

  • then I have to edit everything myself, then I need  to find music, then I need to write the subtitles

  • Luckily, I have a friend helping me to correct  the google translated Chinese subtitles,

  • because usually they're pretty horrible...

  • and then I have to upload themwrite a whole description,

  • It takes me so so so much time so I'm super  happy to say that this time, for the first time,

  • I'm gonna let someone else edit this  video so it's taking one step away

  • This is only possible because of your support!

  • You're watching the advertisements and especially  also the people who support me on Patreon.

  • It's really thanks to you that I'm able now  

  • to take a little bit of workload of  myself and pass it to someone else

  • Hopefully I can stay more  active and make more videos

  • Thank you so much for all your help  you have been giving me the past year.

  • I really appreciate every single one of you!

  • Thank you and I hope to see you  very soon in the next video.

  • Bye bye ~

Hi everyone! Welcome back on my channel.

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Best democracy in 2020 - 台灣民主 Taiwan, China and Norway's democracy index score

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    chun ch に公開 2021 年 03 月 24 日
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