[Global Times Special Reporter in South Korea, Qiao Yu-peng Liu Chen] Chinese Ministry of Defense spokesman, Colonel Wu Qian, confirmed on July 24 that on July 23, the air forces of China and Russia organized the first joint air strategic cruise in Northeast Asia. The Chinese side dispatched two bomb-6K aircraft in a mixed formation with two Tu-95 aircraft from the Russian side to organize joint cruises in the relevant airspace of the Japan Sea and the East China Sea on the basis of established routes. During the flight, the air force aircraft of the two countries strictly abided by the relevant provisions of international law and did not enter the airspace of other countries. This action is part of the annual cooperation plan between the two armies, not aimed at third parties. But in South Korea, the incident triggered a lot of confusion, embarrassment and speculation. The South Korean government first said on the 24th that Russia would apologize for admitting that military aircraft had mistakenly entered Korean airspace, but this statement was denied by the Russian side. South Koreas Central Daily commented on the significance of the Sino-Russian operation on the 24th: The first joint air strategic cruise between China and Russia indicates that the two countries will break through theIndo-Pacific Strategydominated by the United States and Japan.
Apart from the quarrel between Russia and South Korea, the incident aroused many concerns. Fighter planes from four countries participated in the 23-day confrontation in the East China Sea, leading to condemnation and apology from many countries, CNN said Wednesday, as South Korea and Japan scrambled to intercept Russian and Chinese fighter planes and warned each other that they had entered their territory. Japan advocates sovereignty over Dokdo, saying that Japan should deal with the violation of airspace by Russian military aircraft. South Korea scorned Japans claims and demanded that it sweep the snow in front of its own door and manage Japans air defense identification zone.
The United States also made a statement on the incident. According to Voice of America (VOA) 24, U.S. Defense Department spokesman for Indo-Pacific Affairs Eastbourne issued a statement saying that the United States is closely coordinating with its allies, South Korea and Japan, and continues to monitor developments. The statement also said that the commitment of the United States to safeguard the security of its allies is unbreakable. According to Yonhap News Agency, White House National Security Adviser Bolton, who is visiting South Korea, held talks with Cheng Yirong, Ching Wa Tais National Security Director, on 24. The South Korean side explained the situation of resolutely dealing with the violation of air defense identification zones by Chinese and Russian military aircraft. Bolton said that he would like to work closely with South Korea to prevent similar incidents from recurring.