“The patrols are tasked with strengthening maritime cooperation between Russia and China, maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, and monitoring the coast,” Reuters quoted the Russian ministry as saying.
Coincidentally, Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Uzbekistan early Thursday afternoon. They will discuss, among other things, Taiwan and Ukraine, but also other international and regional topics.
Putin will meet with the Chinese leader, von der Leyen headed to Kiev
The deepening partnership between the two countries is a geopolitical development that the West is watching with concern. Russian and Chinese warships conducted their first joint patrols in the western Pacific Ocean last October. At the time, all events were followed in great detail by Japan, which described the maneuvers as “unusual”.
At the beginning of September, Russia started a large-scale military exercise Vostok 2022 (East 2022), in which the armies of China and other countries also participated. As AP noted at the time, the goal was to show that Moscow and Beijing are increasing military cooperation at a time of strong tension in relations with the United States.
According to AP, Russia also wanted to demonstrate that even at the time of the invasion of Ukraine, it has sufficient capacities for large-scale maneuvers in the Far East and in the Sea of Japan.