The US has given its backing to South Korea and Japan in response to Tuesday’s airspace incursions by Chinese and Russian warplanes, in the latest sign of a rebalancing of military influence in the Asia-Pacific region.The first-ever joint long-range air patrol by China and Russia over the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan – also known as the East Sea – revealed an ambition to further expand their scope of political influence, at a time when Washington’s military commitment to the region is…


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