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Japan, China agree to open defense hotline early

  • October 9, 2018
  • , Jiji Press , 5:52 p.m.
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Tokyo, Oct. 9 (Jiji Press) — Senior Japanese and Chinese defense officials have agreed to establish early a hotline under a communication mechanism aimed at preventing any accidental collision between the Japan Self-Defense Forces and the Chinese military, it was learned Tuesday.

At a bureau-chief-level meeting on Monday, the two sides also agreed on a steady implementation of bilateral defense exchanges, the Japanese Defense Ministry said.

The two countries started the operation of the sea-and-air liaison mechanism in June this year, but when to set up the hotline has yet to be decided.

The working-level meeting, the first of its kind since May 2015, was attended by Akihiro Tsuchimichi, the ministry’s Defense Policy Bureau chief, and Hu Changming, head of the Chinese Central Military Commission’s Office for International Military Cooperation.

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