RUSSIA/CHINA - Unified Air Patrol of the Pacific

Arno Froese

Russia carried out what it said was its first long-range joint air patrol in the Asia-Pacific region with China, a mission that triggered hundreds of warning shots, according to South Korean officials, and a strong protest from Japan.

That is something likely to worry politicians from Washington to Tokyo and could complicate relations and raise tension in a region that has for years been overshadowed by hostility between the United States and North Korea.

While troops and naval ships from Russia and China have taken part in joint war games before, they have not, according to Russia’s Ministry of Defense, conducted such air patrols in the Asia-Pacific region together until [now].

“The joint patrol was carried out with the aim of deepening Russian-Chinese relations within our all-encompassing partnership, of further increasing cooperation between our armed forces, and of perfecting their capabilities to carry out joint actions, and of strengthening global strategic security,” the ministry said in a statement.

Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center and a former colonel in the Russian army, predicted Russian-Chinese joint air patrols would soon be common in the region.

“Such patrols will become a regular feature under a new agreement soon to be signed between Moscow and Beijing,” Trenin said on Twitter. “Russo-Chinese entente grows thicker.”, 22 July 2019

Arno's commentary

Russia, the world’s largest country by far, and China, the most populous one in the world, are flexing their military muscles. With communist China’s excellent infrastructure throughout the country and literally throughout the world, and Russia’s capability of supplying the needed raw materials, we are witnessing a growing giant with incomparable size in development. The article states that Seoul and Tokyo accused Russia and China of violating their airspace, which Moscow and Beijing denied.

When Jesus said, “ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars,” then we know it’s part of prophecies such as Joel 3:9-10: “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.” In the end, however, what is written in Isaiah 2:4 will be fulfilled: “And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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