The cessation of the Russia and China joint naval exercises in the Sea of Japan, as declared by the Russian Defence Ministry on Sunday, signifies a deliberate effort by Russia and China to further fortify their military alliance.
The two formidable nations, united by a shared aspiration to challenge what they perceive as American dominance, have forged a stronger bond in the realm of military affairs subsequent to Russia’s initiation of its Ukraine campaign in the previous year, an action that China has refrained from denouncing.
The Russian Defence Ministry has articulated that the primary objective of the recent exercises, which commenced on Thursday, is to fortify the naval collaboration between the two nations and uphold stability and tranquilly in the Asia-Pacific region.
In accordance with an official statement released by the Russian military on Sunday, it has been duly confirmed that the maritime exercises conducted jointly by the Russian and Chinese naval forces have successfully concluded within the confines of the Sea of Japan.
The army has reported the successful execution of approximately twenty combat exercises, encompassing a diverse range of operations such as the coordinated deployment of artillery units to engage targets of maritime, coastal, and aerial nature.
As per the official statement from the Russian Defence Ministry, the naval contingent of the esteemed Russian fleet was comprised of a pair of anti-submarine vessels, two corvettes, and a complement of auxiliary ships.
Over the course of the previous weekend, the esteemed city of Beijing made a formal announcement regarding its intention to dispatch a fleet of five formidable warships, one of which being a highly advanced guided-missile destroyer.
Furthermore, naval aircraft were also intricately engaged in the proceedings.
In a concerted effort to enhance their bilateral coordination, the nations of China and Russia have diligently orchestrated a series of military exercises in the past few months.
During the month of March, amidst the visitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the city of Moscow, an agreement was reached between him and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
This agreement, encapsulated in a formal declaration, signifies their shared commitment to engage in consistent collaborative patrols.
The primary objective of these patrols is to foster a greater sense of confidence and reliance between the two nations.
In the preceding month, the nations of China and Russia undertook a collaborative endeavour involving aerial patrols over the Seas of Japan and East China.
This particular action elicited a response from South Korea, who, as a precautionary measure, deployed fighter aircraft.
This marks the occurrence of the sixth consecutive China-Russia patrol within the designated region, a trend that has persisted since the year 2019.