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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 01 July 2020

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Hong Kong, China June 30, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

The Death Of Hong Kong Democracy.

Beijing has passed its new controversial national security laws, after months of significant anti-government protests, with the momentum of the protests stalled somewhat by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The move will see mainland China's harsh authoritarian rule arrive in Hong Kong, with the former British Territory's democracy all but dead.

In what started as anti-extradition protests that evolved into anti-government protests, hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers turned out to protest the ever-encroaching spectre of Beijing's one party communism destroying the 'one country, two system' agreement.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 01 July 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. MEXICO - Security (Health): Mexico registers 5,432 new coronavirus cases, 648 more deaths

FYSA: Mexico’s health ministry reported on Tuesday 5,432 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and 648 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 226,089 cases and 27,769 deaths. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. (Reuters. See link in heading)

2. CANADA - Security (Health): Canada extends COVID-19 international border closures, mandatory quarantine order

FYSA: Canada is extending a global travel ban and mandatory quarantine measures that require most travelers to Canada, including citizens returning home, to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, the Canadian government said on Tuesday. (Reuters. See link in heading)

3. ETHIOPIA - Security: Three deadly blasts rock Ethiopian capital during protests: police

FYSA: Three blasts injured and killed an unspecified number of people in the Ethiopian capital on Tuesday during protests sparked by the death of a popular singer, federal police commissioner told state news agencies. (Reuters. See link in heading)

4. HONG KONG - Security/Political: China passes sweeping HK security law, heralding authoritarian era

FYSA: Beijing on Tuesday unveiled new national security laws for Hong Kong that will punish crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison, heralding a more authoritarian era for China’s freest city. As the law came into force, authorities were set to throw a security blanket across the heart of the city’s financial centre on Wednesday after activists vowed to defy a police ban and rally against the measures. Local media said up to 4,000 officers would be deployed to stamp out any protests. China’s parliament passed the detailed legislation earlier on Tuesday, giving Beijing sweeping powers and setting the stage for radical changes to the global financial hub’s way of life. (Reuters. See link in heading)

5. AUSTRALIA - Political: Australia to spend $270b building larger military to prepare for 'poorer, more dangerous' world and rise of China

FYSA: Australia will build a larger and more aggressive military focused on its immediate backyard, including new long-range missiles, signalling a major shift in the nation's defence strategy. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will unveil a greater focus on the Indo-Pacific region, warning Australia needs to prepare for a post-COVID-19 world that is "poorer, more dangerous and more disorderly". Mr Morrison will also announce a commitment to spend $270 billion over the next decade on defence capabilities, including more potent strike weapons, cyber capabilities and a high-tech underwater surveillance system. (ABC. See link in heading)

6. AUSTRALIA - Security (Health): People refusing to get tested in Melbourne's hotspot suburbs could face fines, Scott Morrison warns

FYSA: Scott Morrison has thrown his support behind the Victorian government's tough suburban lockdowns designed to save Melbourne from coronavirus. The prime minister is also warning people refusing to be checked for the disease could face fines as a hotspot testing blitz continues. Mr Morrison said there was nothing surprising about Melbourne's outbreak after another 64 cases were detected on Tuesday. "Where outbreaks do occur you need to move on them as the Victorian government is and they have our full support with that," he told the Nine Network on Wednesday. (SBS. See link in heading)

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