China begins massive drills around Taiwan amid blockade fears

China began an unprecedented series of large-scale military exercises on Thursday that could effectively suffocate Taiwan, just hours after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the self-governing island, infuriating Beijing. and raising fears of a new crisis in the Taiwan Strait.

The nearly five-day exercise is expected to be the largest ever around Taiwan, which Beijing says is its inherent territory, and will involve People’s Liberation Army air, naval, ground and amphibious forces ( APL), as well as long-range live forces – firing shots and conventional missile test launches, according to Chinese authorities.

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