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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 25 May 2020

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A masked anti-government protester holds a flag supporting Hong Kong independence during a march against Beijing's plans to impose national security legislation in Hong Kong, China May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu


Hong Kong Police Chief Warns Of Growing ‘Terrorism’ As National Laws Loom.


Hong Kong continues down the path of no return for its citizens, as Hong Kong's police chief warns of 'terrorism' as Beijing, aided by Hong Kong's executive branch, persist with introducing laws that would see Beijing security agencies establish a significant presence in the city.


The likelihood of protests bigger than those last year (and they were massive) is extremely high, as Hong Kongers are now thrust into an increasingly desperate struggle to maintain their democracy.


The stakes for Hong Kongers are, unbelievably, higher than they have ever been.


(See Point 5 Below)


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The Daily Quick-Look for 25 May 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/BRAZIL – Security (Health): US Announces Travel Ban On Travel From Brazil

BLUF: The White House has announced a ban on travel to the United States from Brazil due to the spread of coronavirus in Latin America's hardest-hit country. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement on Sunday evening that the ban applies to all foreign nationals who have been in Brazil in the 14 days before heading to the US. (Al Jazeera. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Brazil has struggled with its response to COVID-19, with the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro losing two health ministers in two weeks due to friction between the leader and the ministers. Bolsonaro’s approach to the pandemic has seen Brazil become the world's second most affected country, overtaking Russia; with more than 330,000 cases and 21,048 deaths. Bolsonaro has openly joined demonstrators protesting lockdown measures and social distancing rules.


2. SOUTH AFRICA – Security (Health): Ramaphosa Says Outbreak Will Get Worse, Plans To Ease Restrictions On 01 June

BLUF: The president of South Africa has warned that the country's coronavirus outbreak is going to get much worse, while announcing that lockdown measures are to be eased. Cyril Ramaphosa said a third of the country's more than 22,000 cases had been recorded in the last week. Despite that, the president said the current lockdown could not be sustained indefinitely. He announced that, from 1 June, more restrictions would be lifted. Mr Ramaphosa was speaking after a mining company in South Africa said 164 workers at a gold mine near Johannesburg had tested positive for coronavirus. There have so far been 429 recorded Covid-19 deaths in the country. (BBC. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: South Africa has imposed strict lockdown measures since the outbreak of COVID-19. On moving from Level 5 (strictest) to Level 4, the government had signed off on the deployment of more than 73,100 army troops to the streets to help enforce lockdown measures, along with implementing a curfew.


3. ISRAEL – Security (Health): Israel Using Security Agency To Track Phones Of COVID-19 Affected

BLUF: On May 25, the Israeli cabinet limited the involvement of the Shin Bet security service in contact tracing of the COVID-19 cases saying that it would now be the last resort if the epidemiological investigation were insufficient, as per a news agency report. The emergency regulation came into effect after the privacy watchdog groups challenged the use of the technology, otherwise deployed for anti-terrorism in the court. (Republic World. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: While countries around the world are employing mobile contact tracing technology for smart phones, they have largely been met with criticism over privacy issues and use of data. Israel’s use of a security agency employing technology usually used for terrorist tracking is an example of how easily COVID-19 tracing can be expanded quickly by governments for other means of use.


4. INDIA – Security (Health): Mumbai Struggling As India COVID-19 Cases Surge

BLUF: India on Sunday reported 6,767 new coronavirus infections, the country’s biggest one-day increase. Government data shows the number of coronavirus cases in the world’s second-most populous country are doubling every 13 days or so, even as the government begins easing lockdown restrictions. India has reported more than 131,000 infections, including 3,867 deaths. More than a fifth of the country’s coronavirus cases are in Mumbai, India’s financial hub and its most populous city. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: India’s tightly packed living conditions, along with extremely high rates of poverty, mean that a wide spread outbreak would have devastating consequences for the country.


5. HONG KONG – Security: Hong Kong Police Chief Warns Of Growing ‘Terrorism’ As National Laws Loom

BLUF: Hong Kong’s security and police chiefs said “terrorism” was growing in the city, as government departments rallied on Monday behind Beijing’s plans to introduce national security laws after thousands took to the streets to protest against the move. The security legislation, which could see Chinese intelligence agencies set up bases in Hong Kong and aims to tackle secession, subversion and terrorist activities, has sent shockwaves through the business and diplomatic communities. “Terrorism is growing in the city and activities which harm national security, such as ‘Hong Kong independence’, become more rampant,” Secretary for Security John Lee said in a statement. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Hong Kong is rapidly approaching a tipping point, as Beijing and Hong Kong’s executive continue towards ever-growing Beijing involvement towards removing Hong Kong’s democracy that comes by way of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ rule. This is all despite months of massive scale protests against Beijing tightening of its control over the city.


6. TAIWAN – Security: Taiwan Voices Support For Hong Kong As China Tightens Its Grip

BLUF: Taiwan will provide the people of Hong Kong with “necessary assistance”, President Tsai Ing-wen has said, after a resurgence in protests in the Chinese-ruled territory against newly proposed national security legislation from Beijing. Taiwan has become a refuge for a small but growing number of pro-democracy protesters fleeing Hong Kong, which has been convulsed since last year by protests. Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of people who rallied on Sunday to protest against Beijing’s plan to impose national security laws on the city. (The Guardian/Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Taiwan is facing its own potential showdown with Beijing, as Beijing’s rhetoric over bringing Taiwan under Chinese rule becomes sterner. The US is ramping up its support for Taiwan, as well as being very vocal about the situation in Hong Kong.


7. CHINA – Political: China Says Who Chief Has Done A Good Job

BLUF: World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has done a good job and countries with decency will support the body, the Chinese government’s top diplomat Wang Yi said on Sunday. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: China has been vocal of its support for Ghebreyesus, as he and the WHO has come under significant scrutiny be US President Donald Trump and his administration, who have accused the WHO of downplaying China’s involvement in COVID-19 spreading around the world.



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