Somehow i feel taiwan is more free and secure than hong kong. Lots of strange rules here no doubt but certianly taiwan deserves a high rank in comparison to others. I have many issues with taiwan system, mostly competance. But in the end we pay like 1.8% tax with a company and somewhat low personal income tax. And consumers in taiwan are fairly free spending and easy to manage. Taiwans economic failures seem to me to be with government recently trying to control certain aspects , like heat treatment, and dropping the ball essentially crashing some export markets for now. Otherwise when the gov doesnt try to involve itself so much taiwan is quite free and easy to make lots of money.