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Russia and China fly military helicopters near Japanese island

Tokyo scrambles fighters on heels of joint naval passage through northern strait

A Russian Ka-27 helicopter lands during military exercises in 2019. Russian and Chinese military helicopters flew Oct. 21 from vessels near Japan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Military helicopters took off from Chinese and Russian warships sailing near a Japanese island, according to the Ministry of Defense, days after a Sino-Russian naval passage through a chokepoint in Japan's north.

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