In fully rule-of-law nations, citizens can generally rely on documents or written accounts or news as indicators of illegal behaviors.
But that is not often the case in Taiwan where a lot of illegal behavior is whitewashed or rarely reported.
For example I used to work for an established Taiwanese news media as an English editor. One of the coworkers said that the firm, when short of help, would simply change the dates on old news articles to be passed off as current news.
While a Caucasian who works for a state-financed trade promoter in Taiwan sometimes complains of fabricating content as he writes so-called reports on trade, business. And he says the trade show attendance and order turnover figures are routinely made up.
Only through insider views can one truly see the real Taiwan.