South Korea scrambled its jet fighters on Wednesday after Chinese and Russian strategic bombers flew a joint patrol of its western Pacific air defense zone without warning early Wednesday morning.
Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the jets were deployed after two Chinese and six Russian planes breached South Korea’s Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ), Yonhap news agency reported.
The planes entered and exited the KADIZ near the south and north-east coast of the country.
The military said the planes — two Chinese H-6 bombers, four Russian TU-95 bombers and two Russian SU-35 fighters — flew over the KADIZ but did not violate South Korea’s territorial airspace.
“Our military deployed Air Force fighter jets even before Chinese and Russian planes entered KADIZ for emergency tactical action,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Japan’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that two Chinese bombers flew from the East China Sea through the Tsushima Strait in southwestern Japan before flying north to the Sea of Japan, Kyodo News reported.
The Tsushima Strait lies between Japan and South Korea.
The Chinese bombers “entered the Sea of Japan and then flew north,” the Japanese military said.
“At about the same time, two Russian planes appeared to fly south over the Sea of Japan and then turn back,” it said.
The Russian Defense Ministry said its TU-95 bombers and Chinese H-6 bombers flew over the East China Sea and Sea of Japan during an eight-hour joint patrol.
The Russian fighter jets landed in China and the Chinese bombers flew to an air base in Russia as part of a demonstration of military cooperation between Moscow and Beijing, the ministry said.
In September, China sent more than 2,000 troops, military vehicles, warplanes and three warships to take part in military maneuvers with Russia, in a sign of growing trust between the two countries.
Moscow and Beijing have grown closer since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, when China failed to criticize Russia for starting the war, instead blaming NATO and the US for provoking Russia.
With postal wires
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