Fact Check: 2015 Image Viral as Recent Joint Russian-Chinese Exercise Near Alaska in US

An image showing a group of sailors is being widely shared on social media claiming that it was a recent picture of the Russian and Chinese sailors near Alaska in US. 

According to Reuters, the Russian Defence Ministry said on September 15, 2022 that the Russian and Chinese navies were conducting joint patrols in the Pacific Ocean. On September 27, the US Coast Guard announced that a group of Russian and Chinese warships had been spotted in the Bering Sea, just tens of kilometres from an island in Alaska on September 19. 

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “بحارة روس وصينيين امس على متن طراد روسي قرب ولاية الاسكا الامريكية على الحدود الروسية الامريكية سمحت روسيا للصين بالتواجد عسكريا بحريا في الحدود الروسية الامريكية من جهة الاسكا” (English translation: Russian and Chinese sailors yesterday on a Russian cruiser near the US state of Alaska on the Russian-American border. Russia allowed China to have a military presence on the Russian-American border from Alaska.)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Using Yandex Reverse Image Search, we traced several Russia-based websites carrying  same viral image with the caption: “Joint Russian-Chinese exercises “Marine Interaction-2015”. 

The image was also published on the official website of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation with a caption: “Fulfilment by a joint Russian-Chinese group of ships of missions for their intended purpose in the marine training grounds of the Pacific Fleet as part of the joint exercise “Marine Interaction-2015”. 

Searching further, we could find several news websites that reported the joint military exercise in 2015. According to a BBC report, dated August 20, 2015, “The navies of Russia and China began their “Joint Sea-2015” military exercise in the Sea of ​​Japan near Vladivostok in the Far East on Thursday.” 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that an image from 2015 is shared as a recent Russian-Chinese joint military exercise. Therefore, the viral claim is misleading.

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