S. Korea Scrambles Jets as PRC, Russian Warplanes Enter Air Defense Zone

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    The Facts

    • South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Wednesday that its Air Force scrambled F-15K fighter jets after two Chinese and six Russian warplanes penetrated its air defense identification zone, seemingly in a combined air operation.

    • Two Chinese H-6 bombers entered and left the air defense identification zone twice on Wednesday morning before being joined by four Russian TU-95 bombers and two SU-35 fighters. Neither Russia nor China recognizes the area, known as "KADIZ," which is designed to be an area where aircraft take additional steps to identify themselves.

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    This latest incident indicates that the Sino-Russian military cooperation, which has ramped up in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, poses a serious threat to the rule-based world order and, especially, to freedom-loving countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Japan and South Korea must bolster security ties with other regional powers as well as with the US and NATO to defend the status quo.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Beijing and Moscow are indeed strengthening their ties, a move that has been illustrated by this lawful joint aerial strategic patrol in the Asia-Pacific. By doing so, both countries are taking a much-needed step toward promoting peace and stability in the world while the US seeks to use volatile issues such as Taiwan, the Korean Peninsula, and the South China Sea to provoke a Ukraine-like crisis in the region.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 10% chance China will get involved in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict by 2024, according to the Metaculus Prediction Community.

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