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International relations

Japan and China want defense hotline up and running

Abe and Xi look to avoid inadvertent conflict amid territorial tensions

Chinese naval vessels participate in a military exercise in the East China Sea in August 2016. Japan and China aim to prevent accidental air or sea clashes by improving communication.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan and China are expected to agree to quickly set up a security hotline and to begin holding regular annual meetings this year between top defense officials in an effort to avoid accidental clashes between their forces in disputed waters.

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