Beijing departs from the language it usually uses to describe Hong Kong. The new phrasing may signal a policy shift toward the former British colony. Hong Kong is removed from an economic freedom index. That’s as many countries no longer see it as an independent economy. Taiwan achieves the second highest score in Asia from a freedom report. It ranks countries based on their political rights and civil liberties. An expert says the U.S.-China battlefield has moved underwater. It may present a clearer path for weapons of mass destruction. And scientists from leading UK universities are found to have worked with a Chinese institute that researches nuclear weapons.