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Russia and China hold first joint patrols in the Pacific

Source : 112 Ukraine

The naval manoeuvres have been closely watched by Japan which said earlier this week that a group of 10 vessels from China and Russia sailed through the Tsugaru Strait
16:35, 23 October 2021

TASS

Russian and Chinese warships held their first joint patrols in the Western part of the Pacific ocean on October 17-23, Russia's defence ministry said according to Reuters.

Moscow and Beijing, which staged naval cooperation drills in the Sea of Japan earlier in October, have cultivated closer military and diplomatic ties in recent years at a time when their relations with the West have deteriorated.

The naval manoeuvres have been closely watched by Japan which said earlier this week that a group of 10 vessels from China and Russia sailed through the Tsugaru Strait separating Japan's main island and its northern island of Hokkaido.

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"The group of ships passed through the Tsugaru Strait for the first time as part of the patrol," Russia's defence ministry said in the statement. The strait is regarded as international waters.

 

"The tasks of the patrols were the demonstration of the Russian and Chinese state flags, maintaining of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, and guardianship of the subjects of maritime economic activities of the two countries," the ministry added.

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Earlier US President Joe Biden had a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron during which they reviewed ongoing efforts to enhance cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. In addition, the leaders of the two countries also touched upon the creation of a stronger European defense while ensuring complementarity with NATO. This was reported on the White House website. 

"The two leaders reviewed ongoing efforts by their teams to support stability and security in the Sahel and to enhance cooperation in the Indo-Pacific," the statement reads.

 

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