On the evening of May 24, China’s Ministry of national defense officially announced that according to the provisions of the annual military cooperation plan formulated by China and Russia, the air forces of the two countries launched a joint strategic air cruise in the East China Sea, the sea of Japan and the Western Pacific on the same day. According to the information disclosed by Japan’s defense ministry, the PLA Air Force first dispatched two h-6k bombers to fly over the East China Sea into the sea of Japan. The Russian air and space army also dispatched two tu-95ms strategic bombers to join the Chinese bomber formation over the sea of Japan. At the same time, the Russian air and space army also sent two su-30sm fighters to escort the four bombers. The joint formation of Chinese and Russian fighters successively entered the air defense identification zone of South Korea and Japan, and finally disbanded at 10 pm on the 24th, ending this strategic joint cruise.
Since 2019, the Chinese and Russian air forces have held joint strategic cruises once a year. This cruise is a routine cruise that has long been planned and confirmed. However, the previous joint strategic cruises were held in the second half of the year. The joint strategic cruises in 2020 and 2021 were only launched in autumn and winter, but this cruise was advanced to the end of May, which obviously has far-reaching political considerations.
China and Russia hold a joint strategic cruise, first of all, to deter the currently aggressive United States, Japan and South Korea. Recently, the US president visited Japan and South Korea and held a summit of leaders of the Quartet security dialogue mechanism in Japan. He also tried to win over ASEAN to block China in the economic field. US President Biden said “ The United States will defend Taiwan by force; Such words may subvert China US relations. At the same time, the new president of South Korea, Yin Xiyue, is also highly Pro us. He has repeatedly proposed to strengthen military cooperation with the United States and openly pointed out the Taiwan issue in the US ROK joint communique. Recently, Japan has also made frequent small moves. Many Japanese government personnel believe that Russia has transferred a large number of troops to the battlefield of Ukraine and the strength of the Far East is relatively empty, so they have the idea of the four northern islands.
In this context, China and Russia will launch a joint strategic cruise, which will effectively combat the arrogance of the United States, Japan and South Korea. This time, the China Russia joint fighter fleet launched combat readiness cruise in the air defense identification zone of South Korea and Japan, and dispatched four strategic bombers that can perform nuclear strike missions at one time, which is to warn the United States, Japan and South Korea that once the war breaks out, the PLA Air Force and the Russian air and space army have the ability to carry out strategic air strikes on Japan and South Korea, and hope that relevant countries will reconsider relevant foreign and military policies. If the decision-makers in Japan and South Korea are wise, they should restrain their behavior.
Secondly, this joint strategic cruise reflects the stability and reliability of China Russia relations. Since the outbreak of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, western countries have repeatedly put pressure on China to “ Do not help Russia evade sanctions ”, It even asked China to follow the western countries to condemn and sanction Russia. At the same time, there are also some calls on China and Russia “ Draw a line ” Many people suddenly began to “ Popular science ” The grudge between China and the already overthrown Tsar Russia. Through this joint strategic cruise, China has fully proved that our diplomatic position will not change due to the pressure of western countries. It has also strongly proved that the basic situation of China Russia cooperation has not changed, and the Western conspiracy to provoke China Russia relations and divide and disintegrate China Russia cooperation ended in failure.
From a military point of view, the resumption of strategic cruise between China and Russia can also effectively improve the efficiency of coordinated operations between the two armed forces. Through many joint exercises, the joint combat capability of Chinese and Russian air forces will be effectively improved to prepare for possible conflicts in the future. From a more macro perspective, strengthening air force exchanges between the two countries will significantly improve the combat effectiveness of their air forces. In the recent Russian Ukrainian war, the performance of the Russian air and space army was really not flattering. Many advanced fighters such as Su-35 and Su-34 were destroyed by Ukrainian air defense firepower. At the beginning of the war, it even occurred that Su-34 fighters threw unguided bombs. Even though the situation of the Russian air and space forces has improved, the number of sorties dispatched is still relatively insufficient, which has failed to fully suppress the actions of the Ukrainian army’s ground forces and cut off the traffic line of western countries providing heavy equipment for the Ukrainian army. In this context, it is necessary for the Russian air and space forces to strengthen cooperation with the Chinese air force and learn from each other’s Air Force combat system.
At the same time, this time, the Russian air and space forces fully learned “ Poisonous sting ” The performance of American made air defense missiles such as missiles, and Taiwan Province of China is also equipped with a large number of similar air defense systems. In the future, the PLA Air force is likely to face these air defense systems. We can strengthen exchanges with Russia and learn from the experience and lessons summed up by the blood of Russian air and space military.
In a word, this strategic joint cruise is of great political and military significance. It can not only deter imperialist aspirants, but also declare the complete failure of the imperialist conspiracy to sow discord, and further exercise the combat effectiveness of the air forces of the two countries. The United States should seriously reflect on its foreign policy, otherwise it will fall into a passive situation of two front warfare like Nazi Germany more than 70 years ago.
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