By Jianli Yang – Jun 22, 2023

On June 6, China and Russia conducted a joint aerial patrol over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea, the third such joint air patrol since Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. China‘s defense ministry said the patrol was part of the two militaries’ annual cooperation plan.

And according to China‘s defense ministry, China and Russia will hold joint military drills again this year. These drills should remind the world that Beijing is hardly a neutral party, no matter how much it tries to position itself as an impartial mediator in the Russian-Ukrainian war.

China and Russia have become increasingly close under their respective leaders — Xi Jinping and Mr. Putin. Their bilateral cooperation in developing new military and space technologies has become an important pillar of their growing partnership… [Continue Reading]