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Japan, China hold maritime talks

Asahi wrote that senior working-level officials from Japan and China began two-day talks in Beijing on Monday to discuss such issues as maritime security and the marine environment. According to the paper, officials from the foreign and defense ministries of the two nations discussed the schedule for discussions on a maritime and aerial communication mechanism, including the establishment of a hotline between their defense officials. The two nations also reportedly agreed to uphold the 2008 agreement on joint gas field development in the East China Sea. Nikkei and Yomiuri ran similar reports, adding that the two nations agreed to conduct joint research on marine plastic pollution.

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