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Joint Russia-China Air Drill During Biden Trip Rankles Neighbors

  • Warplanes from two countries flew near South Korea, Japan
  • Biden has warned China to avoid helping Russia in its war
Joe Biden speaks during the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue leaders meeting in Tokyo, Japan, on May 24.

Joe Biden speaks during the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue leaders meeting in Tokyo, Japan, on May 24.

Photographer: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images

Japan and South Korea criticized a joint drill by Russian and Chinese warplanes near their air spaces that came as US President Joe Biden wound down an Asia trip to seek support from allies over Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russia and China may have conducted one of its largest joint air drills in the area since last year to send a message during the Biden visit, Kim Tae-hyo, a deputy national security adviser, said Wednesday.