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China Stuns U.S. Intelligence with Hypersonic Missile Test

The Financial Times reported on Saturday that U.S. intelligence agencies were caught by surprise when China secretly tested a nuclear-capable low-orbit hypersonic missile in August. The weapon circled the globe before descending upon its target, missing by about two dozen miles.

A US unarmed prototype hypersonic missile launches from Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii

South Korea Expected to Target Apple over App Store Practices

South Korean regulators are expected to take issue with Apple in the coming weeks following recently passed laws that state smartphone vendors must allow app developers to use third-party payment processors. Google has told the country it intends to comply with the law, but Apple is courting a fight over its stranglehold over developers.

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China: U.S. ‘Covering Up’ South China Sea Submarine Collision

China on Monday accused the U.S. of purposefully delaying the release of information detailing a mysterious collision by one of its nuclear submarines with an unknown object in the South China Sea on October 2, claiming Washington seeks to “cover up” the incident, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported Wednesday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

Taliban Boasts China Is Ready to Invest Billions in Afghanistan

Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban deputy minister of Information and Culture, boasted in an interview with Voice of America News (VOA) on Thursday that China is ready to pour billions of dollars into Afghanistan, even as the rest of the world attempts to isolate the extremist regime.

China's special envoy to Afghanistan, Yue Xiaoying, left, arrives for talks to see how to restart Afghan-Taliban talks and halt the Taliban onslaught, in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. On Tuesday, Zalmay Khalilzad, a U.S. peace envoy brought a warning to the Taliban that any government that comes to …

G20 Leaders Say Taliban Will Be Involved in Humanitarian Efforts

The Group of 20 (G20) held a video conference on Tuesday at which they agreed the Taliban must be actively involved in distributing humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan. The group insisted this concession should not be construed as formal recognition of the Taliban’s legitimacy.

Taliban fighters stand guard near the venue of an open-air rally in a field on the outskirts of Kabul on October 3, 2021, as the Taliban supporters and senior figures held their first mass rally in a show of strength as they consolidate their rule of Afghanistan. (Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via …

Taliban Quietly Allows Some Girls to Return to Provincial Schools

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Tuesday reported the Taliban has quietly permitted teenage girls to return to school in four of Afghanistan’s northern provinces, ostensibly because Taliban 2.0 is willing to “shape policy around cultural differences across Afghanistan, unlike in the 1990s, when they imposed harsh social rules on everyone under their rule.”

TOPSHOT - Afghan girls attend a class in a school in Kandahar on September 26, 2021. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP) (Photo by BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images)