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Russian-Chinese Air Patrol Mission Near South Korea Was Show Of Force To US Hawks

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Russian-Chinese Air Patrol Mission Near South Korea Was Show Of Force To US Hawks

ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE: Sputnik / O. Grachev

The recent violation of the South Korean airspace during a joint patrol of Russian and Chinese strategic bombers may have been a message to US hawks.

On July 23, a group of Russian and Chinese warplanes, including strategic bombers, conducted a joint patrol mission near South Korea’s territory under the annual cooperation plan, the Chinese Defense Ministry’s official spokesman Col. Wu Qian said on July 24.

“As far as the air incident is concerned, I would like to reiterate that China and Russia are engaged in all-encompassing strategic coordination. This patrol mission was among the areas of cooperation and was carried out within the framework of the annual plan of cooperation between the defense agencies of the two states. It was not directed against any other ‘third state,’” the Chinese military official said during the presentation of the white paper headlined ‘China’s National Defense in the New Era.’

“As far as the practice of joint strategic patrols is concerned, both sides will make a decision on the matter on the basis of bilateral consultations. Under the strategic command of the heads of states, the armed forces of the two nations will continue developing their relations. The sides will support each other, respect mutual interests and develop corresponding mechanisms of cooperation,” he added.

Two Russian strategic bombers Tu-95MS and two Chinese strategic bombers Xian H-6 carried a scheduled flight over the neutral waters of the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea.

South Korean said that a Russian plane breached the republic’s airspace near the Dokdo (Takeshima) islands, which are disputed by Seoul and Tokyo. In response, South Korea’s F-15 and F-16 fighter planes were scrambled.

On July 24, Yoon Do-han, a spokesman for the South Korean president, told reporters that a Russian military attaché in Seoul had conveyed Moscow’s “deep regret” about the incident and had said that the Russian plane mistakenly deviated from its flight plan.

The news agency Interfax quoted the press officer of the Russian Embassy in South Korea, Dmitry Bannikov, as saying that Russian officials had seen reports on Mr. Yoon’s comments, and that “there are many things in them that aren’t true.”

“The Russian side did not issue an official apology,” Mr. Bannikov noted, according to the agency.

That appeared to leave open the possibility that the Russians were apologetic in private. Such appologies are beyond general attitude of states in similar cases. Taking into account this and the Chinese statement, it appears that Russia and China do not see South Korea as a potential enemy. Rather they see it as an equal partner on the international scene.

China and Russia demonstrated that they are ready to employ jointly their strategic bombardment capability in the event of confrontation.

The July 23 incident happened a day ahead of meeting between US national security adviser John Bolton with South Korean officials. Bolton was set to meet with South Korea’s chief of National Security Office Chung Eui-yong, Defence Minister Jeong Kyung-doo, and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Seoul to discuss issues including denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and ways to strengthen the South Korea-US cooperation.

Bolton is among the most hawkish voices of the Washington establishment that calls for a further confrontation with China and Russia.

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  • Rob

    US slaps $5 billion in fine, curbs on Facebook in privacy probe. Well-done.

    Now all countries should learn from US and slap US$5 billion each in fine the Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft for breaching the people privacies.

    • ruca

      Put another zero on that and do it once a month.

    • BlueHeadLizard

      What’s the link with this article?

      • Rob
        • BlueHeadLizard

          Hello Rob ok thanks for link. But what I meant was what is the relevance to this article on Russia / China military flights around South Korea?

          • Rob

            Normally I read first line of any comment when that is not what I am looking for so I don’t complain but simply ignore it. Can you do like that instead of complain. Tell me forget about relevancy any thing wrong in the comment.

  • occupybacon

    We are so idiots that we need to be told what ‘it was’

  • Xoli Xoli

    Israel, USA and Turkey attacked on Russian troops and jets have made path for any USA allies to attack Russian jets like their want.

  • Gue Bjuen

    this was a very stupid idea to do. do u think koreans will feel calm and happy if china and russia sends 4 bombers passing by that close from the island? korea is very close to US. it had much better relation with russia during the north korean deal. people don’t like soviets so they also still have a mistrust towards russians. but with the north korean deal russia and south korea became much closer.
    but this meaningless operation just ruined the relation for now. why did they have to fly that close?
    what’s the point? because of this event people were turning away and move towards US stronger than ever.

    and there is a very strange situation going on.
    korea is not saying the bomber Tu-95MS breached korea’s airspace.
    from the start korea said the Beriev A-50 equipped with powerful long-range radar
    breached korea’s airspace. there were 3 russians warplanes. 2 Tu-95 and 1 A-50.
    but strangely russian’s officials never mantioned A-50. they were right when they said
    the bombers didn’t breached because korea never said they did.
    but somehow the official russian version never mentions the A-50,
    which is the one korea is saying breached it’s teritory.
    but more strange, korea never mentions the fact that the russians side is not
    mentioning the A-50. and also russia never said there was no A-50 in this operation.
    southfront could u dig a little bit more. i think there is something going on now.

    • Harry Smith

      This is NOT South Korean but disputed airspace: “South Korean said that a Russian plane breached the republic’s airspace
      near the Dokdo (Takeshima) islands, which are disputed by Seoul and
      Tokyo”
      .

      South Korea proclaimed it their territory unilaterally.

      • Gue Bjuen

        so it would be ok for korean warplanes move through kuril islands or crimea??
        r u studip or what??

        • Harry Smith

          So would it be OK if Japan will shot some Korean warplanes just because they claim that territory is theirs?

          Come on. Let’s face the reality: international law is made, by permanent UN Security Council members, for other UN states, not for those 5. I think it was just a test, made by 2 of those 5. Maybe be later, analyzing the known consequences, we will be able to understand the reason why that plane did it.

          • Gue Bjuen

            so u saying nato warplanes should freely move through crimea??
            is that your garbage logic?

          • Harry Smith

            You didn’t answered my question: if Japanese think that island is their, does it means they can down South Korean jets over that region?

            As for my logic is very straight. If NATO plane will fly over Crimea it with be shot down and NATO will do nothing about it. Russian army already shot down couple of USA UAVs over Crimea in 2014 and it wasn’t even in the american news.

            South Korea is a walking dead. Highest suicide rate and demographical gap. Where is the dead body, there are scavengers. It is just a test: are you dead or still alive.

            PS Samsung is an ass pain for the USA hi-tech, so don’t dream Trump will really protect you. ;)

        • jochen

          They allready tied that years ago.Remember what happened? If you do not, you are way too young to be in this discussion forum.

    • BlueHeadLizard

      You are right for sure it upsets South Korea but I guess the Russia / China calculation that downside is worth it as:

      1) message to S. Korea to be careful when dealing with US hawk John ‘let’s go to war with everyone’ Bolton as the article says; and

      2) exploits a weakness between two US allies Japan and S. Korea by flying over Islands disputed between them. Japan has protested to both Russia and also S. Korea for firing shots in what is considers is its territory. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/24/joint-russian-and-chinese-air-patrol-heightens-tension-in-korean-peninsula.

    • BlueHeadLizard

      Also 3) now the Russians and Chinese will know how far their planes can go before spotted by S. Korea and Japan radar so what is the maximum range of their air to surface (vs. ship and land targets) missiles launched from these bombers. To remind S. Korea and Japan the Russians and Chinese are next door when they sit down with Bolton for a chat.

    • pk

      south Korea should be taken out of any discussion in any matters related to military and diplomacy for obvious reasons. south Korea is merely a US colony and severely lacks elements that constitute nation/state. south Korea doesn’t even have command and control of its own troops and leaves them at US discretion. south Korean “president” does not have an authority to deploy south Korean troops without US permission. So any action related to military that occurs in and around south Korea should be considered as US action.

  • Jacob Wohl’s Nose

    trick question: what’s more massive, a black hole or Jacob Wohl’s nose?

    • Jacob Wohl’s Nose

      Jacob Wohl’s nose! because it has more mass, but since it’s God’s chosen Nose, the gravitational effects are neutralized!

  • Toronto Tonto

    Time for a MAIDEN in the red square EH putin you getting a tad bit worried , why you tossing the opposition in jail loser .