Russia, China hold first joint patrol in the western Pacific, Russian defense ministry says

The patrols concerned a complete of 10 warships, 5 from every nation, and lasted per week, from Sunday, October 17 to Saturday, October 23, protecting 1,700 nautical miles, based on the Ministry.

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The goal of the joint patrol was to “demonstrate the state flags of Russia and China, maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and also protect facilities of both countries’ maritime economic activity,” the assertion learn.

“During the patrol, the group of warships passed through the Tsugaru Strait for the first time,” the assertion added.

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The Tsugaru strait is physique of water between the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido in the northern a part of the nation, connecting the Sea of Japan with the Pacific Ocean. 

In addition to the patrol, the two navies practiced joint tactical maneuvers and did a series of army drills, the assertion added.

The two international locations have an ongoing army partnership and have performed a series of joint army drills, the most excessive profile of which was “Vostok 2018,” which concerned a simulated battle in which a Russian-Chinese coalition fought a fictional enemy.
In August, Russia and China joined forces as soon as once more to make use of a joint command and management system, with Russian troops built-in into Chinese formations, based on a press release by China’s defense ministry at the time.
Russia’s chief Vladimir Putin has an ally in Chinese President Xi Jinping, with Chinese overseas ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian telling a information briefing in June that the two international locations have been “united like a mountain” with an “unbreakable” friendship.
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