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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 24 June 2020

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Trust in China and its President Xi Jinping among Australian has fallen dramatically in recent years, a new poll has found. Picture: Mark Schiefelbein/APSource:AP

The Aussies Don't Trust China Or Its President.

A recent poll has indicated that trust in China and its Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping has dropped significantly.

But is it hard to see why?

At a time when nations are contracting under the pandemic that originated in China, China has been busy in the South China Seas, Hong Kong, displaying political aggression towards countries such as Australia; and growing its influence on the world stage.

China has been a very visible player on the world stage in 2020, and their actions have been hard to ignore.

(See Point 4 Below)

The Daily Quick-Look for 24 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. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. UNITED STATES, VENEZUELA - Political/Security: U.S. navy ship navigates near Venezuelan coast after Iranian cargo ship arrives

FYSA: A U.S. Navy ship navigated near the Venezuelan coast on Tuesday in what the U.S. military’s Southern Command called a “freedom of navigation operation,” a day after a cargo ship from U.S. foe Iran docked at a port of the South American country. (Reuters. See link in heading)

2. MEXICO - Security: Major quake hits southern Mexico, at least five killed

FYSA: A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck southern Mexico’s Pacific coast on Tuesday, killing at least five people and cutting off isolated villages, as well as causing damage to buildings hundreds of miles away in Mexico City. (Reuters. See link in heading)

3. HONG KONG - Political/Security: Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam defends plans to give chief exec. power to select judges in national security cases

FYSA: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has defended plans to give her the power to appoint judges to handle national security cases amid concerns over threats to the city’s judicial independence. The provision was among others included in a draft of the impending Beijing-promulgated national security legislation for the city. It was first reported by state-run Xinhua News Agency on Saturday. (HKFP. See link in heading)

4. CHINA, AUSTRALIA - Political: Australia’s trust in China has plummeted, according to a new Lowy Institute poll

BLUF: Trust in China and its President Xi Jinping among Australians has fallen dramatically in recent years, a new poll has found. Only 23 per cent of Australians trust China to act responsibly in the world, a dramatic fall from 52 per cent just two years ago, according to The Lowy Institute’s annual poll. The survey, which gauges Australians’ attitudes towards a series of global issues, took the views of 2448 people in late March. Trust in China‘s President Xi Jinping “to do the right thing regarding world affairs” fell to just 22 per cent, which is half of what it was in 2018. ​(News.com.au. See link in heading) Why It Matters: Despite the war of words between Australia and China in what started over Australia's call for an investigation into COVID-19's origin and spread and evolved into economic threats by Beijing, the poll results are indicative that China's moves on the world stage are very visible to the general public. From COVID-19 to Hong Kong to disputes with multiple countries, China's deflection of issues, political aggression against other nations; and power-grabbing under the pandemic umbrella are becoming difficult to ignore.

5. NORTH KOREA - Political/Security: North Korea suspends military action plans against South Korea: KCNA

FYSA: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has presided over a meeting of the ruling party’s Central Military Commission and decided to suspend military action plans against South Korea, the official KCNA news agency reported on Wednesday. (Reuters. See link in heading)

6. AUSTRALIA - Security (Health): Man dies from coronavirus in Victoria as state records new 20 cases

FYSA: A man in his 80s has died of coronavirus in Victoria, as the state records 20 new cases. The man is the 20th person to succumb to the virus in the state and the first death in Australia in a month, taking the national toll to 103. Of the state's 20 new cases on Wednesday, nine have been identified through routine testing, seven are linked to known outbreaks and one is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine. (SBS. See link in heading)

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