Global Affairs: The military dimension of Russia-China ties in Asia

Recent Russian incursions into South Korean airspace during joint Russia-China air patrols reflect the country's rising military ambitions in Asia

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

LONDON • Strategic experts are well-advised not to extrapolate from a single incident; a pattern, which can take longer to discern, is far more significant than a one-off event.

Still, a recent episode in which Russian and Chinese military aircraft repeatedly intruded into South Korea's declared sovereign airspace continues to preoccupy Western military planners.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2019, with the headline 'The military dimension of Russia-China ties in Asia'. Print Edition | Subscribe