China

Are we witnessing China's blockade strategy to regain Taiwan?

The Chinese military have held missile firing drills into the waters around Taiwan, it has been reported.

The reports came a day after United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan – the self-ruled island that Beijing regards as its sovereign territory.

The Eastern Theatre Command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) released footage of multiple rounds of missiles being fired from ground positions.

China's Eastern Theatre Command said it had completed multiple firings of conventional missiles on waters off the eastern coast of Taiwan as part of the planned exercises.

Taiwan's defence ministry confirmed that several Dongfeng missiles had been fired in waters to the northeast and southwest of the island. 

Officials from Taiwan have said the drills violate United Nations rules, invade Taiwan's territorial space and are a direct challenge to free air and sea navigation.