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Russian and Chinese jets patrol East Asia skies as Biden visits

Japan calls drill coinciding with Quad meeting 'provocative'

A Chinese H-6 bomber flies over the East China Sea on May 24. (Handout photo from the Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan)   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Russian and Chinese military planes conducted joint exercises to patrol the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday in a pointed farewell to U.S. President Joe Biden as he concluded an Asia trip that rankled Beijing.

Japan scrambled jets after Russian and Chinese warplanes neared its airspace while Tokyo was hosting the leaders of the Quad group of countries, which includes the United States, said Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, who called the move a provocation. 

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