Russian and Chinese bombers conduct joint exercises near Japan and Korea

Russia’s Tu-95 bombers and China’s H-6 trained together for 13 hours in the Sea of ​​Japan, forcing Seoul and Tokyo to send fighter jets to fight them.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced today that a number of Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers and Chinese H-6 bombers have been flying joint patrols in the Asia-Pacific region. “Planes from the Japanese and South Korean air forces monitored the bomber squadron,” Russia’s defense ministry said in a statement.

The Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) confirmed that two Chinese H-6s and four Russian planes, including two Tu-95 bombers, entered the country’s Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) this morning.

China's H-6 bomber flies over the East China Sea in July 2019.  Photo: Reuters.

China’s H-6 bomber flies over the East China Sea in July 2019. Picture: Reuters.

“As of this afternoon, four Chinese military planes and two Russian planes have been spotted in an area about 267 kilometers southeast of Ieodo outside KADIZ,” the JCS said.

Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi later said the Japanese Air Force had also spotted Chinese and Russian bombers invading Japanese airspace over the East China Sea.

Kishi said the government had expressed “serious concern” as Russian and Chinese military planes approached Japan together, amid the Quartet leaders, which include the US, Japan, Australia and India, who were meeting in Tokyo.

China’s Defense Ministry announced that its air force and Russian armed forces conducted joint patrols in the Sea of ​​Japan, East China Sea and the western Pacific today.

The agency added that the patrol is part of an annual joint military exercise between the two countries. Previously, China and Russia conducted similar patrols in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

This is the fourth time since last November that Russian and Chinese planes have been spotted near Japan. However, this is the first time the two air forces have held joint drills since Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine.

Russian and Chinese bombers are patrolling near Japan and South Korea while US President Joe Biden is on his first tour of Asia, targeting Seoul and Tokyo.

Location of the East China Sea and the Sea of ​​Japan.  Graphic: DW.

Location of the East China Sea and the Sea of ​​Japan. Graphic: DW.

During his visit to Japan, Mr. Biden launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) and attended the Quad Security Forum to increase cooperation with allies and partners to deal with China. In a joint statement after today’s meeting, the Quartet announced plans to invest at least $50 billion in infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific.

than tam (Corresponding Yonhap)