The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 29 May 2020
Protesters in Hong Kong, 27 May 2020. FILE PHOTO: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
China Moves Ahead With Hong Kong Security Laws, Mass Protests And Arrests Continue.
China continues to advance its national security laws for Hong Kong.
As protests continue, it seems that there will be very little to dissuade China from imposing laws that will likely bring to an end the 'One Country, Two Systems' rule.
Should this occur, countries such as the US will highly likely sanction Hong Kong in much the same way as China; seeing as Hong Kong will effectively be just another part of China.
Hong Kong is a flashpoint situation, and for those that live in the Asia-Pacific region especially, one that everyone should be keeping an eye on.
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The Daily Quick-Look for 29 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/CHINA – Political: China Advances Hong Kong Security Law, Tensions With US Rise
BLUF: China’s parliament approved a decision on Thursday to go forward with national security legislation for Hong Kong that democracy activists in the city and Western countries fear could erode its freedoms and jeopardise its role as a global financial hub. Riot police were out in force in Hong Kong as its lawmakers debated another piece of legislation, a bill to criminalise disrespect of China’s national anthem, while the United States piled on pressure aimed at preserving the city’s autonomy. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Significant protest activity is ongoing in Hong Kong. While last year’s protests were on a massive scale, originally against an anti-extradition bill and evolving into anti-government sentiment in general, the new security law increases the stakes for protesters as being far more severe than last year’s grievances.
2. VENEZUELA – Economic: Fourth Iranian Oil Tanker Enters Venezuelan Waters
BLUF: A fourth fuel tanker from Iran entered Venezuelan waters late on Wednesday as the first three prepared to discharge at the gasoline-starved South American country’s ports, Refinitiv Eikon data showed. Iran is providing up to 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and refining components to help Venezuela ease an acute shortage, the result of the near-complete breakdown in its refining network and U.S. sanctions on its oil industry. Washington has criticized the arrangement, as both OPEC nations are sanctioned. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro has overseen economic decline in the oil-rich country. Political friction, allegations of gross corruption, poverty, civil unrest and a recent apparent coup attempt involving American citizens have all plagued Maduro’s presidency.
3. SPAIN – Security (Health): Spain To Gradually Reopen To Tourism, Starting With Europe
BLUF: Spain will open gradually to tourism this summer, starting with European countries, and will ensure visitors only go to areas that have the coronavirus under control, Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said. Spain usually welcomes more than 80 million visitors each year, making it one of the most visited countries in the world, with tourism a key part of its economy. But it has been hard hit by the coronavirus crisis and wants to be cautious as it opens to visitors from July 1, Gonzalez Laya told Reuters. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: European countries are currently working towards restarting their tourism industries for the vital summer season. Countries such as Spain will be primarily concerned with balancing the reducing of risk of a ‘second wave’ with maximizing tourism revenue.
4. FRANCE – Political/Economic/Security (Health): Health Care Protests; Cafes, Bars And Beaches; Covid Tracking App Release
BLUF: Hospital workers gathered outside Robert-Debré hospital in North-East Paris Thursday to protest what they describe as the government’s lack of interest in France’s public health system.
France's PM Edouard Philippe has announced the reopening of bars and restaurants nationally, although Paris will need careful monitoring despite no longer being a virus hotspot. A ban on travelling more than 100km (60 miles) has also been relaxed, but the bar on gatherings of more than 10 people remains. France will look to reopen borders with other European countries on 15 June, he said. (See: https://bbc.in/2XbCNjm)
France's Senate has voted to approve the release of a controversial coronavirus tracking app Wednesday evening. 187 voted in favour of the app, and 127 against it. Earlier that day, France's National Assembly approved the app by a vote of 338 to 215 amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The tracking app, called StopCovid, uses bluetooth to trace when a phone is in proximity to others who have the application. (See: https://bit.ly/2ZL3JIn)
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5. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – Political: Bosnia And Herzegovina To Reopen Borders On 01 June
BLUF: Bosnia and Herzegovina will reopen its border to nationals of neighbouring countries, including Croatia, on June 1, Prime Minister Zoran Tegeltija said on Thursday. "We have decided to open the border to neighbouring countries on June 1 without any restrictions related to (coronavirus) testing," Tegeltija told reporters in Sarajevo after a session of the Council of Ministers, the country's government. All airports in the country will be reopened to international traffic on June 1 as well. (Total Croatia News. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: Along with other European countries, the tourism industry is vital to the Bosnian economy, with the summer season in particular crucial to tourism and trade.
6. IRAN – Security: Iran Says Nuclear Work Will Not Be Hurt By End Of US Sanctions Waivers
BLUF: A U.S. decision to terminate sanctions waivers that have allowed foreign companies to do some work at Iranian nuclear sites will not affect Iran’s nuclear programme, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) said on Thursday. The United States said on Wednesday it will terminate the waivers, which had allowed Russian, Chinese and European companies to carry out work at Iranian nuclear sites. The role of the foreign firms was agreed in Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, and was intended to help ensure Iran’s nuclear programme would not be used to make weapons. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: US President Donald Trump had withdrawn the US from the nuclear deal in 2018, taking a significantly harder line on Iran than his predecessor.
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