(FreedomWire.org) – In a joint military exercise Russia and China flew nuclear-capable bombers through the Sea of Japan, continuing through the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea on Tuesday, during President Biden’s trip to eastern Asia.
The joint patrol lasted 13 hours and involved Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers and Chinese Xian H-6 jets.
Planes from the Japanese and South Korean air forces shadowed the Russian and Chinese jets for part of the exercise.
Tokyo conveyed “grave concerns” to both Russia and China through diplomatic channels, Kishi said at a news conference. He characterized the incident as a likely provocation by both Beijing and Moscow on a day when Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australia’s newly elected leader, Anthony Albanese, were meeting in Tokyo.
The drills, are the most significant cooperation between the two countries since Russia invaded Ukraine three months ago. Bomber exercises such as this cannot be planned quickly, and was likely planned well in advance by both countries . Chinese naval vessels also likely participated.
This is a sign that China has decided that they’ll continue to closely align themselves with Russia as it brutalizes Ukraine. While many other countries are trying to isolate Russia, it is also a sign that Russia will stand with China in the East & South China Seas.