Chinese Frigate Weifang 290919 CREDIT PA
Chinese Frigate Weifang (Picture: PA).
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Russia and China hold first joint patrols in western Pacific Ocean

Japan says it has been watching closely over the past week and that 10 vessels sailed through the Tsugaru Strait.  

Chinese Frigate Weifang 290919 CREDIT PA
Chinese Frigate Weifang (Picture: PA).

Russian and Chinese warships have held their first joint patrols in the western Pacific Ocean.

Japan says it has been watching closely over the past week and that 10 vessels sailed through the Tsugaru Strait.  

The body of international water separates Japan's main island and its northern island of Hokkaido.

Russia’s Defence ministry said in a statement the objective of the 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."

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This is just the latest evidence of the two countries cultivating closer military ties.

Earlier this month they staged naval cooperation drills in the Sea of Japan.

A statement from China’s Rear Admiral Bai Yaoping said "the joint exercise and joint cruise have further developed the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for the new era".

He also said the exercise has "effectively improved both sides' capabilities of joint operations, which was conducive to jointly maintaining international and regional strategic stability".