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Head-To-Head: Russia, Japan, South Korea, and China Face-Off in the Skies over the Pacific

How a Russia-China long-range joint aviation exercise got Russia more than it bargained for.

The South China Sea cauldron has been at a full boil now for nearly a dozen years, chiefly over the significance of various obscure reefs and rocks.

  • Lyle J. Goldstein
  • The National Interest

But, thankfully, the occurrence of shooting among the claimants and external powers has been extremely rare, underlying the obvious risks that such a course would entail.

Thus, it came as a surprise to many that South Korean interceptors fired warning shots at a Russian military aircraft over the Sea of Japan on the morning of 22 July.

With four major…

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