Chinese and Russian Air Forces have held their 2nd joint aerial strategic patrol in the Asia-Pacific region on December 22, according to reports.
China sent four H-6K bombers to form a joint formation with two Russian Tu-95 long-range bombers to conduct the joint patrol in airspace over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea.
According to a statement from Chinese and Russian defense ministries, the aircraft of the two air forces strictly observed the relevant provisions of international law and did not enter the airspace of other countries. The announcement also stated that the China-Russia joint aerial strategic patrol aims to further develop the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination in the new era, and enhance the level of the two militaries’ strategic coordination and joint operational capability to jointly safeguard global strategic stability.
“The patrol is part of annual military cooperation plan between China and Russia and does not target any third party”, the statement added.