China’s air force said this morning that the exercises were the best preparation for war.

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The communist state is in the midst of an ambitious military modernisation programme overseen by President Xi Jinping.There has been a huge build-up of military on its border with India.

It has been suggested this could be where World War 3 sparks.

Chinese President Xi JinpingGETTYBRAZEN: Chinese President Xi Jinping has launched a huge military build-up

It also has a heavy focus on its air force and navy, from building stealth fighters to adding aircraft carriers.China insists it has no hostile intent.

But its sabre-rattling in the busy South China Sea waterway, and around Taiwan, has touched a nerve in the region and in the US.

 

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