As the US and its allies continue military drills in the south china sea and western pacific, Russia and China have decided to join forces in a show of force to start patrolling the waters of Japan and the east china sea.
Russia and China have been carrying out air patrols since 2018 when China flew two H-6 strategic bombers in a joint patrol with Russian Tu-95 aircraft over the sea of Japan and East China sea which analysts said was a show of force to the US in the region.
Recently the Chinese and Russian air forces held a joint aerial patrol over the sea of Japan and the East China Sea on 19 November 2021, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense said.
The patrol was the third joint Sino-Russian military exercise in 2021, underscoring growing bilateral military ties.
According to the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, the air patrol featured two Xian Aircraft company’s H-6K strategic bombers from the people’s Liberation Army Air Force and two Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-95 bear bombers.
South Korea reportedly scrambled F-15 and F-16 fighter jets in response to the China-Russia air patrol. South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff said in the media that the Chinese and Russian aircrafts had been detected off South Korea’s eastern coast. He added that he had assessed the patrol as a joint exercise between China and Russia.
Japan’s Foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Tokyo had lodged a protest with Beijing and Moscow. ” we informed the Russia and China via diplomatic channels about our concerns about similar actions from the viewpoint of regional security”.
But the Chinese said that the aircraft’s abided by international protocols and didn’t enter the airspace of other countries despite both Japan and South Korea expressing their concern about the air patrol.
After the patrol, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense issued a statement saying that the air patrol is further evidence of strengthening Sino-Russian military ties which were aimed at developing the Sino-Russian partnership, upgrading coordination and joint capabilities, and protecting stability.
Recently the Russian defense minister Gen. Sergey Shoygu told his Chinese counterpart Gen. Wei Fenghe that US behavior was a big threat to security and stability and they both pledged during a video call to deepen strategic collaboration between two armies, to better safeguard mutual core interests.
Although China was the main buyer of Russian Weapons, the two militaries were not so close but after consistent attacks from the US and its allies and the imposition of sanctions on both countries by the US, their relationship started developing and growing strong by the day.
The formation of the Quad which includes countries like the US, India, Australia, and Japan, and the formation of the anglo-Saxon alliance called AUKUS which include the US, UK, and Australia, finally brought the two countries together in an effort to push back against US-led military alliances in the region.
The US and its allies had wrongly believed that because Russia and China had different political systems and cultures, Russia will naturally not join forces with China against the west but to their surprise, Russia seems to be going all the way into China’s orbit.
The west forgot that the interests of both countries are almost the same of opposing US hegemonic behavior around the world and its abuse of power by using unilateral sanctions against whoever opposes its policies.