Taiwanese badminton player Tai Tzu-ying 戴資穎 won the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open in women’s singles in Kuala Lumpur on April 9 in the final matches (2-1) against Spanish opponent Carolina Marin. Marin won the first game before giving way to Tai in the following two. This is Tai’s fourth successive World Superseries win (after Yonex All England Open 2017, Dubai World Superseries Finals 2016, and Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2016). Tai, 22, has been ranked as no. 1 in the Badminton World Federation world rankings for women’s singles since December 2016.
In men’s singles, Chou Tien-chen, currently ranked no. 7, was eliminated in round 2 against Indonesian player Jonatan Christie.
The Economist Intelligence Unit today released its annual Democracy Index, ranking Taiwan to be a “flawed democracy”, a category Taiwan has been in since the inception of the index in 2006. The index ranks countries using 60 indicators across five broad categories: electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture and civil liberties. With a score of 7.79 out of 10, Taiwan is ranked 33rd globally and 5th in Asia, behind Japan (7.99), South Korea (7.92), Israel (7.85), and India (7.71). While Taiwan scored high in electoral process and pluralism (9.58) and civil liberties (9.41), much improvement is needed in political participation (6.11) and democratic political culture (5.63). Notably, the U.S. has been downgraded to a “flawed democracy” this year after the election of Donald Trump. China, with a score of 3.14, is ranked as an “authoritarian regime”.
Also released today, Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index ranked Taiwan to be the 31st least corrupt country in a list of 176. With a score of 61 out of 100, Taiwan ranks behind Singapore (84), Hong Kong (77), and Japan (72) in Asia.