The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 28 May 2020
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says her administration will look at ways to help people wanting to relocate from Hong Kong over concerns about Beijing’s national security legislation. Photo: EPA-EFE
Taiwan Offering To Help People Wanting To Flee Hong Kong.
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has offered to help people wanting to flee Hong Kong over Beijing's proposed security laws.
The proposed laws, which will see Beijing's control over Hong Kong dramatically increase, has even prompted the US to reassess Hong Kong's status; that could mean economic sanctions placed on the former British territory.
Protests over the laws have exploded, with multiple clashes between protesters and police.
The situation in Hong Kong grows increasingly dire by the day.
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The Daily Quick-Look for 28 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 – Political: US Preparing Case Against Venezuelan President’s Wife
BLUF: The United States is preparing to charge the wife of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (Cilia Flores) in coming months with crimes that could include drug trafficking and corruption, four people familiar with the case told Reuters. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Flores currently has two nephews in prison in Florida for drug trafficking. Maduro’s presidency has been plagued with allegations of corruption and negligence. Recently an apparent coup attempt was thwarted by Venezuelan security forces, detaining several people; including two US security contractors.
2. UNITED KINGDOM – Security (Health): Government Unveil COVID-19 Test And Trace Strategy
BLUF: The public will be instructed to stay at home for 14 days, and keep children out of school, even if they have previously had coronavirus or self-isolated, under a new test-and-trace strategy for England to be rolled out on Thursday. The strategy, which is designed to help end lockdown, will rely on the willingness of people to comply with instructions to self-isolate if they have been close to anybody with Covid-19, health advisers said. (The Guardian. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: The UK has imposed a strict lockdown since the outbreak of COVID-19. The death toll for the UK currently stands at more than 37,400.
3. CONGO – Security: Rebels And Islamic State-Linked Group Kill At Least 40 In Attack In Country’s East
BLUF: Rebels have killed at least 40 people in several attacks in Congo’s eastern Irumu territory, a local civil rights group says. Members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and an Islamic State-linked group known as MTM staged the attacks Tuesday in Samboko, Bandavilemba and Walese-Vukutu in Ituri province, the Centre for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights said in a statement Wednesday. (Taiwan News. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: The ADF has reportedly been responsible for the killing of at least 627 people, in response to large-scale operations by Congolese armed forces.
4. HONG KONG – Political: US Determines Hong Kong No Longer Autonomous
BLUF: In a huge blow to Hong Kong, the Trump administration informed Congress on Wednesday that the city is no longer suitably autonomous from China. The assessment is a crucial step in whether the city continues to receive preferential economic and trade treatment. (SCMP. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: The US administration’s assessment means that higher tariffs, tougher investment rules, asset freezes and increased difficulty around obtaining visa’s are possible; dependent on Beijing’s handling of the situation.
5. TAIWAN – Political: Taiwan Will Help Fleeing Hong Kongers Move To Island: Taiwan President
BLUF: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has assured Hong Kongers that her government would come up with special measures to help them relocate to the island, in an apparent effort to counter claims that she is giving up on Hong Kong. Tsai said her cabinet would form an ad hoc committee to work out a humanitarian action plan for Hong Kong people. Under the plan, the Mainland Affairs Council, the island’s top mainland policy planner, would establish concrete ways for the administration to help Hong Kongers “live, relocate and work in Taiwan”, Tsai said. (SCMP. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: The response by Taiwan indicates the reality of the situation in Hong Kong, where Hong Kongers who are seen as political dissidents will likely need to flee should Beijing and the Hong Kong executive continue with pushing through the new security laws. Protest activity and police response is escalating daily as a result of the law proposals.
6. CHINA – Security (Health): China To Increase International Flights If Virus Under Control: Regulator
BLUF: China’s aviation authority will consider increasing international flights as long as imported coronavirus risks are under control, state media China News reported on Wednesday, citing the agency’s deputy director, Li Jian. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: The Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) was heavily criticized by Chinese nationals stranded abroad over the drastic reduction of the number of international flights in March. International carriers will highly likely take the opportunity to increase flights along vital Chinese routes.
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