Biden Accepts Democratic US Presidential Nomination
The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 21 August 2020
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden accepts the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during a speech delivered for the largely virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., August 20, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
After nearly 50 years in government, Biden promises to end 'darkness'.
Political // BLUF: Democrat Joe Biden has formally accepted the Democratic Party nomination for the US Presidential Election later this year.
In his acceptance speech, Biden stated, “The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger. Too much fear. Too much division,” Biden said. “Here and now, I give you my word: if you entrust me with the presidency, I’ll draw on the best of us, not the worst.”
Biden hasn't been without controversy recently, with accusations of corruption based around his son's business dealings in China and Ukraine; the resurfacing of videos on social media of Biden groping and sniffing children; and questions surrounding his mental health.
US President Donald Trump tweeted in response to Biden's speech, “In 47 years, Joe did none of the things of which he now speaks. He will never change, just words!”
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The Daily Quick-Look for 21 August 2020
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1. UNITED STATES - Political: Biden promises to end 'darkness' of Trump era as he accepts Democratic nomination
FYSA: Joe Biden accepted the Democratic Party nomination for the White House on Thursday, vowing to heal a United States battered by a deadly pandemic and divided by four years of Donald Trump’s presidency. “The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger. Too much fear. Too much division,” Biden said. “Here and now, I give you my word: if you entrust me with the presidency, I’ll draw on the best of us, not the worst.”Biden’s speech - the capstone of nearly five decades in politics - was delivered inside a largely empty arena in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, at the conclusion of a Democratic convention held virtually because of a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 170,000 Americans. Describing the current moment as one of the most difficult times the country has ever faced, Biden offered himself as a uniter who would work “just as hard” for those who do not support him - drawing a stark contrast with the Republican Trump, who has kept the focus on his base of voters. >> Trump responded on Twitter, writing: “In 47 years, Joe did none of the things of which he now speaks. He will never change, just words!” (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)
2. CHINA - Security (Environmental): Water levels at China's Three Gorges near maximum after flooding rains
FYSA: Water levels at China’s giant Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze river are inching closer to their maximum after torrential rains raised inflows to a record high, official data showed on Friday. With 75,000 cubic metres per second of water flowing in from the Yangtze river on Thursday, the reservoir’s depths reached 165.6 metres by Friday morning, up more than 2 metres overnight and almost 20 metres higher than the official warning level. The maximum designed depth of China’s largest reservoir is 175 metres. Authorities raised the discharge volume to a record 48,800 cubic metres per second on Thursday to try to lower water levels, and they might have to increase it again to avoid the possibility of a dangerous overflow. “They will do everything they can to prevent the dam from overtopping,” said Desiree Tullos, a professor at Oregon State University who studies the Three Gorges project. “An overtopping dam is a worst-case scenario because it produces significant damage... and can lead to the entire thing collapsing.” (BBC. See link in heading for further reading)
3. TAIWAN - Security, Political: Taiwan shows military might in slick video as China circles
FYSA: China should not underestimate Taiwan's determination to defend itself, and military threats will only cause Taiwan's people to be even more resolute, the island's defence ministry said in a new video responding to repeated Chinese threats. China has stepped up military activity around the island, where the losing nationalists set up their government at the end of the civil war in 1949, sending fighter jets and warships on exercises close to Taiwan. Communist-ruled China claims the island as its own and has not ruled out the use of force to assert its control. Taiwan's defence ministry, in a statement late on Thursday to accompany a video showing Taiwanese forces taking part in drills, said it was "expressing its stern attitude about recent Chinese Communist People's Liberation Army military pressure acts". Taiwan will not provoke, but it will also not show weakness, it added. "Absolutely do not treat lightly our resolve to defend Taiwan," the ministry said. "The most arrogant country can easily provoke a war, and the most ignorant government can be caught in the flames of war." China's provocations and threats will only further unite Taiwan's people and "recognise the essence of the Chinese Communist's militarism", the defence ministry said. "In the end it will have the opposite effect, inciting the wrath and antipathy of Taiwan's people, seriously hurting peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait." (Al Jazeera. See link in heading for further reading)
4. INDONESIA - Security (Environmental): 6.9-magnitude earthquake hits off coast of Indonesia, USGS says
FYSA: A strong, deep undersea earthquake shook eastern Indonesia on Friday, but no damage has been reported. The 6.9 magnitude earthquake was centered more than 389 miles under the sea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Deeper quakes tend to cause less damage at the surface. It was centered at 136 miles south-southeast of Katabu in Southeast Sulawesi province. The quake struck Thursday at about 9:09 p.m. PT. The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency released no tsunami warning. (ABC 7. See link in heading for further reading)
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