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Taiwan foreign investment climate ranked 3rd in global report

WASHINGTON--Taiwan is the third best destination in the world for foreign investors, according to the U.S.-based Foreign Policy magazine that evaluated 112 countries.

In the 2014 Baseline Profitability Index (BPI), Taiwan's BPI value in 2014 was 1.2, unchanged from 2013, which meant the country maintained its position as the world's third best investment target.

The top destination was Botswana with a BPI value of 1.31, followed by Hong Kong with 1.22.

The BPI report, presented by economist Daniel Altman, assessed eight factors — economic growth, financial stability, physical security, corruption, expropriation by government, exploitation by local partners, capital controls, and exchange rates — to determine the investment value of an economy.

The index predicted how much an asset's value grows, the preservation of that value while the asset is owned, and the ease of bringing home the proceeds from selling the asset.

In 2014, the report's second year, Taiwan was ranked seventh in terms of asset growth, up from 10th in 2013, which indicated that despite stiff competition in the emerging markets, Taiwan can still give foreign investors a good return.

In the category of value preservation, Taiwan was 23rd, dropping one notch from 2013, while it was ranked 34th in terms of capital repatriation, up two places from last year.

In the overall rankings, Taiwan was followed by Qatar, which rose four notches from last year; Singapore, maintaining its fifth place; and India, which also held the same position in sixth place as in 2013.

Among other Asian countries, South Korea was in 19th place, rising three notches from the previous year, while Japan climbed sharply from 92nd in 2013 to 70th this year.

China, meanwhile, plummeted from 43rd last year to 60th this year in the BPI rankings.

"The index takes a dim view of Chinese property rights, perhaps because of the country's nominally communist system," the report said. "China's expectations for growth dimmed significantly as well, pushing it still further down the rankings to 60th place in 2014."

The report said Japan has become more attractive as an investment destination since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has adopted an expansion policy in terms of money supply.

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