Demonstrators hold the flags of Tibet (C) and 'Free Hong Kong - Revolution Now' (L) during an anti-China rally outside the Parliament in Taipei on October 1, 2021. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP) (Photo by SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images)

2 American citizens arrested for protesting Beijing 2022 Olympics

The Olympic flame for next year’s games in China is set to be lit at an empty stadium amid growing international opposition to Beijing hosting the games. According to the Hellenic Olympic Committee, the ceremony of lighting the Olympic flame will take place in accordance with local COVID-19 protocols. 

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

DOD: Our commitment to Taiwan remains rock solid

The Pentagon said it remains committed to building its relationship with Taiwan. During a press briefing Tuesday, Department of Defense spokesperson John Kirby affirmed America’s relationship with the autonomous island nation is “rock solid.”