The saber rattling happening in the Tsugaru Strait which lies between Japan’s main island of Honshu and the northern island of Hokkaido. This is the first time that Chinese and Russian warships are known to have passed the strait together.

 

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The warships sailed eastward toward the Pacific Ocean, likely as part of “Naval Interaction 2021,” a joint maritime exercise the two navies are conducting this month.

The narrowest point of the Tsugaru Strait is 19.5 km, or 12.1 miles, but the center part of the strait is designated as international waters — a Cold War relic that let American vessels carrying nuclear weapons pass through.

The group consisted of five Chinese vessels — one Renhai class destroyer, one Luyang-III class destroyer, two Jiangkai class frigates and one Fuchi class replenishment oiler — and five Russian vessels, which were two Udaloy class destroyers, two Steregushchiy class frigates and one Marshal Nedelin class missile-tracking ship.

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