The United States Navy has conducted a series of joint exercises with allies and regional partners in the Western Pacific as a show of strength and unity in the face of Beijing, but now the People’s Liberation Army Navy ( PLAN) conducted its own joint exercise with Russia. . From October 17 to 23, for the first time, Russian and Chinese warships participated in a joint patrol.
“The tasks of the joint patrols were to display the state flags of Russia and China, to maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and also to protect the maritime economic activity facilities of the two countries. “the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. journalists on Saturday. “During the patrol, the group of warships crossed Tsugaru Strait for the first time. “
The patrols included a total of ten warships, five from each nation, and covered 1,700 nautical miles, including the Tsugaru Strait, which is the body of water between the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido that connects the sea from Japan to the Pacific Ocean. The two Marines practiced joint tactical maneuvers and conducted a variety of military exercises.
According to a report of TASS, the Russian Navy was represented in the Joint Naval Task Force by Pacific Fleet Forces which included the Measuring Vessel Marshal Krylov; large anti-submarine warships (ASWs) Tributes to the admiral and Admiral Panteleyev; and the corvettes of Project 20380 Hero of the Russian Federation Aldar Tsydenzhapov and Gromky.
The PLAN was represented by the destroyers Kunming and Nanchang; corvettes Qinzhou and Luzhou; and the supply ship Dongpinghu.
Russia and China have come closer in recent years and maintain a permanent military partnership. The two countries conducted a series of joint military exercises, the most publicized of which was “Vostok 2018,” which involved a mock battle involving a Russian-Chinese coalition engaged with a fictitious enemy.
Last August, the forces of the two countries participated in an exercise involving a joint command and control system, while Russian troops integrated with Chinese formations.
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has an ally in Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters at a press briefing in June that the two countries were “united as a mountain” with an “unbreakable” friendship. CNN reported.
However, the question of the regional objectives of the two countries is still relevant. Like the Jamestown Foundation noted this month“Beneath the surface, not everything is going well in Sino-Russian relations, but it can be difficult to see past the exaggerated applause generated by powerful propaganda machines on the unique closeness of the two strategic partners. ”
Beijing-Moscow ties have grown stronger since 2005, when a long-standing border dispute was resolved, while the strategic partnership has grown stronger since 2014, when Russia entered its confrontation with the West over its aggression against Ukraine.
Yet just as China has shown no intention of getting involved with Ukraine, Russia would likely like to stay away from any confrontation involving Taiwan. So while the two countries may demonstrate a close partnership, neither would likely commit to supporting the other’s long-term goals.
Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to over four dozen magazines, newspapers, and websites. He writes regularly on military small arms and is the author of several books on military hairstyles, including A gallery of military hairstyles, which is available on Amazon.com.
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