Military cooperation and joint exercises between China and Russia have exacerbated security concerns in East Asia, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said, Reuters reported.
“Japan is surrounded by countries that possess or develop nuclear weapons , and openly ignore the rules of the world. The joint military actions of these two strong military powers will undoubtedly raise the concern of neighboring countries, — he said.
According to him, if the trend continues, “East Asia could become Ukraine tomorrow.”
Russia and China have been conducting active military-technical cooperation for many years, and also regularly conduct joint exercises. So, in August, the north-west of the PRC hosted joint military exercises of Russia and China “West/Interaction”; 2021″, 10 thousand military personnel of both countries took part in them. In May, Russian Tu-95MS and Chinese bombers conducted joint air patrols over the waters of the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea.
In early June, The Washington Post, citing Chinese and American officials, reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping instructed his closest advisers to figure out how to provide financial assistance to Russia without violating Western sanctions. At the same time, the United States has repeatedly threatened to impose restrictions on China in the event of military or economic support for Russia. Beijing called the measures against Moscow unacceptable and stated that it does not circumvent sanctions, but maintains trade relations with Russia.
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The largest geopolitical crisis in relations between Russia and the West will inevitably affect regional processes in Eurasia, according to experts from the Russian International Affairs Council, the Institute of the Far East of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Fudan University. In their opinion, Russia will intensify the confrontation with the collective West, while China and other players will want to increase their presence in the Eurasian region.