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China will return the US Navy drone it seized earlier this week

On Thursday, a Chinese navel vessel seized an underwater drone from a US Navy oceanographic research ship, which prompted a quick call from the Department of Defense to return the vehicle. After “direct engagement” between the two countries, China will return the vehicle to the United States, according to Reuters. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook issued(…)

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Netflix pushes off ‘challenging’ China launch and will license shows instead

Netflix has wanted a presence in China’s mammoth media landscape for years, but the streaming service today said it will halt any and all launch plans in the country due to a “challenging” regulatory environment. In place of an official Netflix launch, the company now plans “to license content to existing online service providers in(…)

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China is launching its first crewed mission to the Tiangong 2 space station

At 7:30PM this evening, China will launch its first crewed mission to the Tiangong-2 space station, which will test the station’s life support and conduct a variety of experiments over the next 30 days. The mission will be the longest flight the country has conducted to date. This is the first crewed mission for the(…)

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The United States and China will ratify the Paris climate change agreement

Earlier today, the United States and China announced that they would formally ratify the Paris Climate Agreement, a pivotal step towards reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. The announcement comes on the eve of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, after weeks of negotiations between the two countries. In a statement, President Barack Obama noted that the(…)