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Japan and China set up hotline to prevent maritime, air clashes

Spring start eyed for new link between defense authorities

Japan and China have established a hotline linking their defense authorities.    © AP

TOKYO -- A hotline linking the Japanese and Chinese defense authorities has been completed, the Ministry of Defense here said Friday, part of an effort to prevent accidental clashes in the air and sea.

The two sides aim to begin operation of the hotline this spring.

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