China launches missiles in Taiwan drills

China has begun live-fire drills in the region around Taiwan, following a recent visit to the island by US Speaker Nancy Pelosi. State TV showed numerous missiles being fired as part of the operation.

They targeted waters near Taiwan's coast. Self-ruled Taiwan says the move, which stops ships and planes from using the space, violates its sovereignty and amounts to a blockade.

China sees Taiwan - which lies 100 miles from the mainland - as a breakaway province that will eventually be under its control.

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