Japan, China Agree to Start Full Defense Exchanges


Singapore, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya and his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, agreed on Friday to start full-fledged exchange programs to foster closer relations between their countries' defense authorities and troops.

At the first Japan-China defense ministerial meeting in three years, held in Singapore, Iwaya and Wei also reaffirmed a plan to establish a hotline soon.

From now on, the two neighboring Asian countries will promptly work out specific programs for interactions between defense ministers, high-ranking officials and troops as well as for policy dialogue, informed sources said.

The hotline is to play a center role in the liaison mechanism to prevent a military clash from happening incidentally in the East China Sea. But work to establish it has not progressed much.

After the meeting with Wei, Iwaya told reporters that it was meaningful to hold the ministerial meeting ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's China visit set for next week.

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