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Rising Chinese-Russian military ties are concerning- US Commander

Speaking in Tokyo, he highlighted the concerns amidst North Korea's latest intercontinental ballistic missile test, emphasizing the advancements in its capabilities.

Rising Chinese-Russian military ties are concerning- US Commander

On Monday, Admiral John C. Aquilino, the head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, expressed significant apprehension regarding the heightened collaborative military efforts between China and Russia in the region. Speaking in Tokyo, he highlighted the concerns amidst North Korea’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test, emphasizing the advancements in its capabilities.

Aquilino, currently in discussions with Japanese defense officials ahead of the upcoming joint exercise Keen Edge 24, urged China to de-escalate maritime confrontations with neighboring countries. He also underscored the seriousness of China’s increasing military engagement with Russia, particularly in the context of Moscow’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict.

Referring to the collaboration between Russia and North Korea, Aquilino characterized the situation as extending beyond a mere convenience, considering it a troubling alliance. He emphasized the negative implications of North Korea aligning with Russia and China, describing it as an undesirable association.

Concerns have risen over North Korea’s efforts to expand cooperation with Russia and China, with suspicions that North Korea may be supplying missiles and ammunition to Russia in exchange for advanced missile technology. Recent incidents, such as a joint flight by Chinese and Russian bombers over the East China Sea, have heightened tensions in the region, leading to Japanese fighter jets scrambling in response.

Japan and Philippines cannot be ruled out 

Japan, facing territorial disputes with China over the East China Sea islands, views China as a threat to its national security and is undergoing a rapid military buildup. The country is particularly troubled by China’s increased collaboration with the Russian military near its coast.

In addition to the regional dynamics, Aquilino highlighted other points of tension involving China, including disputes with the Philippines in the South China Sea. The United States has cautioned China about its commitment to defending the Philippines, a treaty ally, in the event of an attack, while China insists on keeping the conflict purely Asian.

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Despite efforts to stabilize U.S.-China relations following discussions between President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping in November, Aquilino’s attempts to initiate talks with his Chinese counterpart have been unanswered for three years. While the Chinese embassy acknowledged the request, they cited the need to work out the technology for the call, leaving Aquilino awaiting a formal response.