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Japan and China agree on mechanism to avoid armed skirmishes

'Sea of peace' at hand but Japanese defense officials have doubts over agreement

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang review an honor guard prior to their meeting in Tokyo on May 9.

TOKYO -- In a move aimed at preventing accidental military clashes, Japan and China have agreed to implement a bilateral communication mechanism starting on June 8.

The agreement, which ends 11 years of negotiations to establish the Maritime and Aerial Communication Mechanism, was the highlight of a meeting in Tokyo between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday.

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