The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 - 100, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means it is perceived as very clean. A country's rank indicates its position relative to the other countries and territories included in the index. This year's index includes 176 countries and territories.
[...] The CPI generally defines corruption as "the misuse of public power for private benefit."
I'd be interested to hear Dingdang's take on this, but I'd wager Hong Kong might even be less corrupt now than before '97, as HKSAR's leaders' backs are against the wall and they must struggle to differentiate themselves from the mainland buggernaut. That's not to say that there aren't a myriad of other problems that have sprung up since then, but the threat of being rendered totally irrelevant probably forced a lot of administrators to clean up their acts.
The perceptual nature of this raises a lot of questions. Is the completely legal and extensively regulated procedures of political lobbying and interest-peddling inside the Washington beltway widely considered to be a manifestation of corruption? It's not definitively 'private allocation of public funds' per se, but that's often enough the end result.
And what a miserable showing for Good Korea! 56? Even the Jjokbari are laughing at you moon-faced dogeaters. Get your shit together, East Aryans.