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China and Russia conduct joint bomber patrols and NATO warns its members

Moscow.— Russian and Chinese strategic bombers flew over the western Pacific on a joint patrol on Wednesday.In a demonstration of the increasingly close defensive ties between the two countries.

Russian Air Force Tu-95 bombers and Chinese H-6Ks fly over Sea of ​​Japan and East China Sea during an eight-hour missionAccording to the Russian Defense Ministry.

As part of the exercise, Russian bombers land first in China and Chinese planes fly to a Russian airbase, added the ministry’s statement. The text states that the joint patrol was not directed against any other country. “No airspace was violated.”

Even then, South Korea announced that his army deployed its fighters after six Russian and two Chinese warplanes entered its air defense zone without warning,

In this photo taken from a video released by the Russian Defense Ministry press service on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, a view of a Russian Air Force Tu-95 strategic bomber aircraft at an airbase before taking off for a joint air patrol Taxiing with Chinese bombers. at an unspecified location in Russia. Russian Defense Ministry Press S

This exercise took place after several joint maneuvers to show military cooperation on the rise between Moscow and Beijing, which have differences with Washington.

sent in September over Beijing 2,000 soldiers and 300 military vehicles, 21 fighter aircraft and three warships to participate in joint exercise with Russia, It was the first time China sent troops from all three branches of its military to the Russian exercises, which was described as a demonstration of the breadth and depth of the two countries’ military cooperation and mutual trust.

Defense cooperation between Russia and China has strengthened since President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24. and although Beijing has refused to provide arms support to the Russian military, refraining from condemning its neighbor’s military actions.

Russia, for its part, has strongly backed Beijing after a visit to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in August this year.

territory of Asia-Pacific is a strategic region Both for the United States, and for China and Russia.

Meanwhile, NATO member countries discussed their relations with China on Wednesday, in which they emphasized that Beijing is “not hostile” to the allies, but in which it has warned of possible economic and technological interdependence with the Asian giant.

“The war in Ukraine has demonstrated our dangerous dependence on Russian gas. It should also prompt us to assess our dependence on other totalitarian regimes.Including China, when it comes to our supply chain, technology or infrastructure, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Bucharest, Romania.

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Attends The Second Day Of The Nato Foreign Ministers' Meeting In Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attends the second day of the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022.Andrea Alexandru – Associated Press

In this sense, the former Prime Minister of Norway has said that the allies They recognize the long-term challenges China presents but will continue economic and commercial ties with Beijing. Of course, they should be “aware” of the dependencies that arise, Stoltenberg said, adding that he also asked Mitigating vulnerabilities and better managing risks.

NATO has stressed its principle agreed at the Madrid summit last June that it does not see China as an “adversary” but, at the same time, to send a warning message about Beijing’s “ambitious military development” and its advancement in technology and cyber activities.

When it is in our interest, we will continue to engage with China, he said. Not least to express our united position on Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine, so we keep our eyes open,” Stoltenberg stressed.

The message from NATO’s political chief comes in full reflection by the European Union on its relationship with China, when European leaders held a meeting last October. Strategic debate in which he toughened his stance on Beijing And called for being cautious regarding economic dependence.

Along the same lines, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, called for realism in a recent intervention in the European Parliament, in which he defended contacts with Beijing and pointed out that “Decoupling is not an option”.

Borrell is urging the European bloc to be careful that the commercial dependencies that characterize the relationship do not become “weaknesses” in the future, as has happened with Russia in the energy sector.

AFP and Associated Press agencies

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