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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 10 June 2020

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Crowds march from Chater Garden. Photo: Studio Incendo.

Amidst the George Floyd Protests, Hong Kong's Protests For Freedom Continue.

Hong Kong's protests continue, with 50 arrests made and police firing pepper rounds into the crowds.

Japan has stated it will lead a joint statement on Beijing's handling of Hong Kong under the Group of Seven (G7) Banner.

Will Beijing flinch in the face of numerous influential nations condemning them? Or will they carry on, and condemn Japan in the process?

(See Points 4 and 5 Below)

The Daily Quick-Look for 10 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/CANADA – Security: Canada, US Set To Extend Border Closure To End-July - Sources

BLUF: Canada and the United States are set to extend a ban on non-essential travel to late July as both countries seek to control the spread of the coronavirus, according to three sources familiar with the matter. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: The US border presents an increased security threat to Canada, with the US coronavirus cases the worlds worst, and security concerns from the George Floyd riots and looting; presenting opportunities for organized agitators to cross into Canada to incite further violence.

2. VENEZUELA – Security/Political: Oil Tankers Turn Away From Venezuela As More Sanctions Loom

BLUF: Oil tankers that were sailing toward Venezuela have turned around and others have left the country’s waters as the United States considers blacklisting dozens of ships for transporting Venezuelan oil, according to shipping data and industry sources. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: The US position on Venezuela is strongly opposed to the Maduro socialist regime, who has severely degraded Venezuela’s oil infrastructure since being in power.

3. RUSSIA/CHINA – Political/Security: Russia, China Make Case At UN Security Council Against US Sanctions Threat On Iran

BLUF: Russia and China have started making the case at the UN Security Council to prevent the United States from triggering snapback on Iran if it fails to extend the arms embargo which is due to expire in October. In order to get the Security Council resolution on arms embargo adopted, the US would need nine votes in favour and no vetoes from permanent members including Russia and China. (Republic World. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Iran has been helping Venezuela with oil shipments and medical supplies, as the US further seeks to sanction both countries, with whom the Trump Administration has taken a hard line on.

4. HONG KONG – Security/Political: Hong Kong Police Fire Pepper Balls And Arrest More Than 50 As Protesters Mark A Year Since Mass March

BLUF: Hong Kong police fired pepper ball rounds and pepper spray in Central on Tuesday night as hundreds of demonstrators marked the one year anniversary of a huge march that kicked off months of pro-democracy unrest. More than 50 were arrested in the process. (HKFP. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: With the media’s focus on the George Floyd riots and protests, Hongkongers are continuing to protest Beijing’s new security laws that would essentially see the end of democracy in Hong Kong.

5. JAPAN – Political: Japan Will Present G-7 With Joint Statement On Hong Kong: Abe

BLUF: Japan is preparing a joint statement to be issued with other Group of Seven countries targeting China over its proposed security law in Hong Kong, said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday. If the statement is approved, it will express concern over China's recent moves to strengthen its legal grip on Hong Kong. "We will consider the Hong Kong issue firmly on the premise of a 'one country, two systems' principle," the prime minister said. "I want to make it known that Japan will lead a joint G-7 statement." (Nikkei Asian Review. See Links In Heading) Why It Matters: While the US, UK, Canada and Australia (making up four of the ‘Five Eyes’ alliance, with New Zealand issuing its own statement) issued a joint statement condemning China, the G7 (US, UK, EU, Japan, Italy, France, Germany, Canada) issuing a statement and being led by Japan may have some effect, but it is difficult to see Beijing backing out of its plans for Hong Kong.

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