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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 04 June 2020

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While The US And China Spar, Hong Kong Commemorates The Tiananmen Square Massacre Despite Police Bans.

While China and the US continue to spar over the situation in Hong Kong, Chinese media outlets in the US; and Chinese passenger flights from to the US, US President Donald Trump is not considering placing placing sanctions on Chinese President Xi Jinping personally over China's push to impose security laws on Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, people are set to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre by lighting candles throughout the city, after police had banned an annual vigil, citing coronavirus.

Tensions between all actors involved continues to simmer.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 04 June 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 and why they matter. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

*BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

1. UNITED STATES – Political/Security: US To Impose Restrictions On Additional Chinese Media Outlets - Sources

BLUF: The United States is expected to designate at least four additional state-run Chinese media outlets as foreign embassies, increasing restrictions on their operations on American soil, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: While Beijing’s handling of Hong Kong draws China and the US into an ever-increasing stand-off, the US’s concerns over Chinese media outlets being used to spread Chinese Communist Party propaganda had already seen five outlets have restrictions placed on them in February.

2. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Security (Health): Ebola Crisis: Two New Confirmed Cases Of Deadly Virus In Democratic Republic Of Congo

BLUF: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the Ebola virus has infected two more people in the Equateur province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (Express. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: This follows news earlier in the week of four new cases of the disease in the country’s northwest. DRC health officials had hoped to declare the country’s east free of Ebola. DRC is now facing a possible widespread outbreak of Ebola while fighting coronavirus.

3. SPAIN – Security (Health): Spain Extends Emergency For One Last Time

BLUF: Spanish lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state of emergency a final time through to June 21 as Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez urged an embittered opposition not to succumb to the "poison of hate". It is the sixth time the measure has been renewed, meaning the restrictions will remain in force, although they have been significantly eased since the start of the lockdown in mid-March. The emergency has let the government impose significant limitations on freedom of movement, keeping Spain's nearly 47 million population largely at home in a bid to fight the epidemic which has claimed over 27,000 lives. Although Sanchez's left-wing coalition only holds a minority in the 350-seat chamber, the extension passed after he reached agreement with several smaller parties. The vote went through with 177 for, 155 against and 18 abstentions. (Jakarta Post/AFP. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Many European countries are lifting lockdown restrictions to restart their significantly affected tourism industries. Spain will be looking to open its international borders from 01 July 2020.

4. SWEDEN – Political/Security: Police Break Up Anti-Racism Protest In Central Stockholm

BLUF: Huge crowds gathered in central Stockholm to protest against racism on Wednesday evening, but the demonstration was broken up by police due to current coronavirus restrictions and a ban on public gatherings over 50 people. The organisers had initially received permission for the event between 6pm and 8pm, but this was withdrawn after hundreds of people turned up to protest. The demonstration was held in response to the killing of black American George Floyd by a police officer, an event which has sparked protests against racism and police violence in all 50 US states and countries across the world. (The Local. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: While protest activity in the US has widely escalated into rioting and looting, protests around the world have remained largely peaceful, as governments see their social distancing and gathering-size restrictions walked all over by the protesters. With previous concerns of a ‘second wave’ of coronavirus seeing governments extend certain restrictions on citizens, governments allowing protests to continue despite their own restriction rules to avoid a second outbreak brings into question the manner in which these rules are enforced, as such massive gatherings would therefore significantly increase the risk of a second outbreak.

5. HONG KONG – Political/Security: Trump Not Considering Sanctions On China’s Xi Over Hong Kong, Tiananmen Vigil Banned By Police Over Coronavirus

BLUF: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was not considering placing sanctions on Chinese President Xi Jinping personally over Beijing’s push to impose national security legislation in Hong Kong. Trump on Friday ordered his administration to begin the process of eliminating special U.S. treatment for Hong Kong to punish China and said Washington would also impose sanctions on individuals seen as responsible for “smothering - absolutely smothering - Hong Kong’s freedom.”

People in Hong Kong are set to commemorate the bloody 1989 crackdown by Chinese troops in and around Tiananmen Square by lighting candles across the city on Thursday, after police banned an annual vigil, citing the coronavirus. (Reuters. See Links In Heading)

Why It Matters: Hong Kong is increasingly becoming a point of contention between China and the US in an already contentious year. The One Country Two Systems rule between Hong Kong and Beijing sees Hong Kong enjoy semi-autonomy and a democratic governance, as well as special treatment by other countries. After significant turmoil in Hong Kong last year due to anti-government protests, this year sees Beijing seeking to remove Hong Kong’s freedoms, which will in turn see protest activity that will likely eclipse last year’s.

6. CHINA – Political: Trump Administration To Bar Chinese Passenger Carriers From Flying To US

BLUF: President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday barred Chinese passenger carriers from flying to the United States starting on June 16 as it pressures Beijing to let U.S. air carriers resume flights amid simmering tensions between the world’s two largest economies. (Reuters. See Links In Heading) Why It Matters: The US and China continue to spar over flights and airline allowances, in one of several issues they are engaged over in 2020.

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