China and Russia on Tuesday conducted a joint air exercise over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea for the sixth time since 2019. The exercise comes at a time when the United States and its allies are stepping up military maneuvers and exercises in the Asia-Pacific.
The patrol is part of the two militaries' annual cooperation plan, China's defense ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
In China's last joint aerial patrol with Russia in November, South Korea scrambled fighter jets after Chinese H-6K bombers and Russian TU-95 bombers and SU-35 fighter jets entered its Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ).
Japan also scrambled jets after Chinese bombers and two Russian drones flew into the Sea of Japan, The Standard reported.
Source: Reuters - The Standard