The Evening: China Denies Hypersonic Missile Test, Russia NATO Mission, Supersonic, and More

China Denies Testing Hypersonic Missile

China has denied a report that it tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, saying on Monday that the test was instead a "routine spacecraft experiment," CNN reports.

The Financial Times reported Sunday, "China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August that circled the globe before speeding towards its target, demonstrating an advanced space capability that caught US intelligence by surprise."

See also “Washington Hears Echoes of the ’50s and Worries: Is This a Cold War With China?”—a news analysis by the NYT’s David Sanger.

China’s Growth Slows

China’s economy grew 4.9% in the third quarter from a year earlier, slowing sharply from the previous quarter’s 7.9% growth rate, as power shortages and supply-chain problems added to the impact from Beijing’s efforts to rein in the real estate and technology sectors, as the WSJ reports.

Russia Shutters NATO Mission

Russia is shuttering its permanent mission to NATO and suspending the alliance's liaison office in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday, as the Washington Post reports.

Executive Education

Delve into China’s domestic and elite politics, its growing international influence, and its economic development trajectory with CSIS scholars in a three-day hybrid course. Apply today for Dynamics and Implications of China’s Rise, a CSIS Executive Education course.

Video Shorts

Check out CSIS’s new series of video shorts: “Data Unpacked,” Testify,” “What's Happening,” “Preview,” and “High Resolution.” And don’t forget to subscribe to the CSIS YouTube Channel!

In That Number


U.S. and senior Haitian officials on Monday worked to free 17 members of an Ohio-based Christian aid organization who were kidnapped over the weekend in Haiti, while local unions and other groups launched a general strike to protest the worsening security situation and gang violence racking the Caribbean nation.

Source: Washington Post

Critical Quote

“Colin embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat.”

— President Joe Biden

iDeas Lab

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CSIS has released a new PreView video featuring Jonathan E. Hillman ahead of the release of his new book, The Digital Silk Road, which provides a global tour of China's expanding digital footprint and calls upon the United States and its allies to compete in the developing world.

The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and multimedia.


(Photo credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images.) Newly-released prisoners wave from a bus as they depart the Insein Prison in Yangon, Myanmar on October 18, 2021, after authorities announced more than 5,000 people jailed for protesting against a February coup which ousted the civilian government would be released.

Recommended Reading

"China Is Watching You" by CSIS's Jonathan E. Hillman.

This Town Tomorrow

At 9:00 a.m., join the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development for a conversation on small and medium-sized enterprises and blended finance in sub-Saharan Africa, featuring Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

Then, at 1:00 p.m., CSIS Reconnecting Asia Project Director Jonathan E. Hillman launches his new book, The Digital Silk Road, with a discussion on China’s expanding digital footprint.

And, at 9:30 a.m., the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace hosts an event on South Korea’s agenda to establish deeper diplomatic and financial ties with India and other Southeast Asian nations.


CSIS's Seth G. Jones testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on “Violent Domestic Extremist Groups and the Recruitment of Veterans.” Listen to his main takeaways in this latest episode of Testify.


Last week, The Truth of the Matter sat down with CSIS Human Rights Initiative Director Marti Flacks and CSIS Project on Fragility and Mobility Director Erol Yayboke to discuss how the recent surge of Haitian migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border is a microcosm of the intersection between climate change, national security, and human rights.

Listen now on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.


My 15-year-old son surprised me the other day. When I picked him up (I’m his Uber driver), I had Oasis streaming on my car stereo. And he didn’t tell me to turn it down! Normally, he’ll tell me to turn down the Dead, Stones, Tom Petty, CSNY, just about anything that I have on. He hasn’t taken an interest in rock and roll music yet. He listens to rap as do his friends. Oasis seemed to click with him though. Maybe this is the start of something.