China and Russia conduct strategic air patrol
China for the first time ever showed a billion people that the world is multi-polar- the United States is no longer the undisputed master of the world on Sunday, when footage of the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Air Force and Russian Aerospace Forces carrying out a strategic aerial patrol was shown on Chinese state TV.
The patrol which is a regular exercise conducted by the two countries involved Chinese J-16 and Russian Su-30 jet fighters escorting H-6K strategic bombers and a Russian Tu-95MS strategic bomber above the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea and the West Pacific on Tuesday. It is the fourth joint patrol since 2019 and aims to improve the inter-operability of the two airforces.
“The patrol is boosting strategic mutual trust and pragmatic cooperation between the two countries’ militaries,” said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, a spokesperson at China’s Ministry of National Defense, on Wednesday.
“The Chinese and Russian air forces’ recent joint strategic air patrol does not target any third party, and has nothing to do with the current international and regional situation,” the Chinese Defence spokesman added referring to the crisis in Ukraine and the Taiwan question.
The joint strategic patrol occurred just as President Joe Biden was wrapping up his Asian tour and experts suggest this was a warning to the United States, but both China and Russia say it was not targeted at third countries that it was just a coincidence. The joint strategic patrol was planned before Biden’s visit to Asia.
Experts say this is the first time that China will reveal detailed information of its strategic alliance between her and Russia, sending jet fighters to escort Russian bombers. Russian Ministry of Defence reciprocated by sending a Su-30 fighter to join the patrol. No foreign airspace was violated.
Japanese Defence Ministry in a statement said that it identified four Chinese H-6 bombers, two Russian Tu-95 bombers and a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea and the West Pacific.
Source Chinese NDM/TASS/Xinhua
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