Russia says its navy is taking part in joint patrols with China in the Pacific

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Sept 15 (Reuters) – Russian and Chinese navies are holding joint patrols in the Pacific Ocean, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday, deepening military and diplomatic ties between Moscow and Beijing as their relations with the West sour. are deteriorated.

A ministry statement on Telegram said crews from both sides were carrying out joint tactical maneuvers and carrying out drills involving artillery and helicopters.

“The tasks of the patrols involve strengthening naval cooperation between Russia and China, maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, coastal surveillance and safeguarding Russian and Chinese nautical economic sites,” he indicated.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Uzbekistan on Thursday to discuss Ukraine and Taiwan, among others, in what is the Chinese president’s first trip abroad in more than two years. . Read more

The deepening of the “limitless” partnership between rising superpower China and natural resource titan Russia is a geopolitical development the West is watching with anxiety.

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Reporting by Ronald Popeski in Winnipeg and Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Michael Perry

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