Chinese military helicopters flying near Taiwan/AFP
BEIJING: China has begun live fire military drills – its biggest-ever in the region – in the waters around Taiwan, BBC reported.
The military drills follows top US Democrat Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei in the face of warnings from Beijing.
Some of the affected areas are just 12 miles off the island – the closest Beijing’s military exercises have ever come, reports said.
Taiwan says the move, which stops ships and planes from using the space, violates its sovereignty and amounts to a blockade.
China sees self-ruled Taiwan – which lies 100 miles from the mainland – as a breakaway province that will eventually be under its control.
(Inputs from BBC)