Japanese and Chinese ministers talk on new hotline designed to ease tensions

May 16, 2023

Japan’s Yasukazu Hamada spoke to his Chinese counterpart as the two countries inaugurated their long-awaited defence hotline (Takashi Aoyama/Pool Photo via AP, File) — © Takashi Aoyama

The Japanese and Chinese defence ministers inaugurated their long-awaited hotline on Tuesday as a step to build trust and improve communication at a time when Japan and other neighbours are concerned about Beijing’s increasingly assertive military activities.…

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