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Ties with Japan are not all about islands: China's defense minister

In 1st meeting with Hamada, Li Shangfu expresses hope for frank communication

Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Li Shangfu, left, and Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada before their meeting in Singapore on June 3. (Pool photo)

SINGAPORE -- Japanese and Chinese defense ministers met on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore on Saturday, where both sides aligned on the importance of maintaining "frank discussions" despite regional challenges in the East and South China seas between the two countries.

During the 40-minute meeting, which was the first between Japan's Yasukazu Hamada and Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Li Shangfu, both ministers agreed "to continue to promote dialogue and exchanges" between defense and military officials, according to a readout by the Japanese Defense Ministry.

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