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Chinese, Russian warships jointly pass Japan chokepoint for 1st time

Tsugaru Strait, between Honshu and Hokkaido, includes international waters

The Tsugaru Strait lies between Japan's main island of Honshu and the northern island of Hokkaido. (Google Earth)

TOKYO/NEW YORK -- Ten naval vessels belonging to China and Russia passed through a narrow chokepoint in the north of Japan, Tokyo's Defense Ministry said Monday.

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.

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