A group of naval vessels from Russia and China conduct a joint maritime military patrol in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, in this still image taken from video released on October 23, 2021. Russian and Chinese warships have held their first joint patrols in the Western part of the Pacific ocean. Russian Defence Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

A group of naval vessels from Russia and China conduct a joint maritime military patrol in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, in this still image taken from video released on October 23, 2021. Russian and Chinese warships held their first joint patrols in the Western part of the Pacific ocean on October 17-23, Russia's defence ministry said. Russian Defence Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

A group of naval vessels from Russia and China conduct a joint maritime military patrol in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, in this still image taken from video released on October 23, 2021. The Russian defense ministry said in a statement on Saturday that the patrols took place from October 17-23. Russian Defence Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

A group of naval vessels from Russia and China conduct a joint maritime military patrol in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, in this still image taken from video released on October 23, 2021. Moscow and Beijing have cultivated closer military and diplomatic ties in recent years at a time when their relations with the West have soured. Russian Defence Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

A group of naval vessels from Russia and China conduct a joint maritime military patrol in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, in this still image taken from video released on October 23, 2021. Russian Defence Ministry/Handout via REUTERS