Watch Russian, Chinese Warships Conduct Joint Pacific Patrol Amid Soaring Regional Tensions
The Russian warships involved in the exercise include the Marshal Shaposhnikov frigate, four corvettes, and the sea tanker Pechenga support vessel. From the Chinese side, the Nian Chang destroyer, the Yang Chen patrol ship and the Dong Pinghu supply ship are taking part.Thursday’s patrol is the second of its kind since October 2021, which saw a formation of Russian and Chinese vessels passing through Japan’s Tsugaru Strait.Before Thursday’s event, the Russian and Chinese militaries worked out joint measures in the defense of sea lanes in the northern and central Sea of Japan. Those exercises took place during the Vostok-2022 strategic command and staff exercises, which ran from September 1-7.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on Thursday on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.The Eurasian political, economic and security bloc was formed in 2001 to advance the interests of its members and the region at large. In addition to Russia and China, the SCO has among its members India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, with Iran expected to become a full-fledged member before the summit wraps up Friday.Russia and China have ramped up strategic cooperation in recent years amid both nations’ efforts to gradually undermine the US-led unipolar world order in favor of a system based on mutual respect, fairness and “win-win” cooperation. Both have subsequently faced growing pressure from Washington and its allies, be it via the Ukrainian security crisis in Russia’s case, or escalating tensions surrounding Taiwan in China’s.