In this photo taken from video released by the Russian Defence Ministry Press Service, a Russian Il-76 air tanker, top, is refuelling a Russian Tu-95MS strategic bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces, during an aerial patrol over the waters of the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea on November 19. Photo: Russian Defence Ministry Press Service via AP
In this photo taken from video released by the Russian Defence Ministry Press Service, a Russian Il-76 air tanker, top, is refuelling a Russian Tu-95MS strategic bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces, during an aerial patrol over the waters of the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea on November 19. Photo: Russian Defence Ministry Press Service via AP

Letters | Sabre-rattling over Taiwan must give way to common ground between major powers

  • The China-Russia naval drill in the Sea of Japan was a show of force by two former empires that suffered humiliating defeats in the past
  • Japan’s Shinzo Abe’s remarks about Taiwan highlight the inflamed passions over sovereignty issues that should not be left to boil over

In this photo taken from video released by the Russian Defence Ministry Press Service, a Russian Il-76 air tanker, top, is refuelling a Russian Tu-95MS strategic bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces, during an aerial patrol over the waters of the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea on November 19. Photo: Russian Defence Ministry Press Service via AP
In this photo taken from video released by the Russian Defence Ministry Press Service, a Russian Il-76 air tanker, top, is refuelling a Russian Tu-95MS strategic bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces, during an aerial patrol over the waters of the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea on November 19. Photo: Russian Defence Ministry Press Service via AP
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