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Japan, China agree on emergency communications mechanism

10 May 2018

Japan and China have agreed to start operating an emergency communication mechanism aimed at preventing unintended incidents at sea or in the air.

The Maritime and Air Communication Mechanism, which will take effect from 8 June, was agreed upon during a meeting held between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Tokyo on 9 May on the sidelines of a trilateral summit that included South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Under the recently agreed mechanism the two countries aim to prevent an accidental collision between platforms operated by the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and China’s People's Liberation Army (PLA).

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