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Japan defense chief visits China for first time in a decade

Trust-building trip comes ahead of Abe's meeting with Xi next week

Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono, left, and his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe agreed to establish a bilateral defense hotline soon.   © Kyodo

BEIJING -- Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono met with Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe here Wednesday, the first such visit since 2009, continuing a recent thaw in bilateral ties.

The ministers agreed to set up a defense hotline soon and to work together toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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