China extends threatening military exercises around Taiwan

According to social media posts by the eastern leadership of China's governing

Communist Party's military arm, the People's Liberation Army, the exercises would include

anti-submarine manoeuvres aimed at bolstering US assistance for Taiwan in the event of a future Chinese invasion.

The military claimed the drills, which included missile attacks, bombers,

ship movements across the Taiwan Strait dividing the two sides, were in response to US

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the self-ruled island last week.

China has rejected appeals for calm

there is no sign of when it would halt what amounts to a blockade.