A Russian bomber photographed by the Japan Air Self-Defence Force. Photo: Reuters

Explained: how a sea between Japan, South Korea and Russia became geopolitical flashpoint

  • The patch of ocean is commonly known as the Sea of Japan but South Korea argues it should be known by the more neutral name the East Sea
  • Joint patrol carried out by China and Russia may have been designed to send a message that their collaboration is ‘a force to be reckoned with militarily’
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A Russian bomber photographed by the Japan Air Self-Defence Force. Photo: Reuters
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