Japan and China plan maritime hotline
(14 January 2015)
Kyodo News and Tokyo Broadcasting System reported that talks between Japan and China to establish a hotline for maritime incidents have resumed. The hotline is meant to reduce clashes between Chinese and Japanese ships in the area of disputed islands, known by Japan as the Senkaku Islands and by China as the Diaoyus Islands. Additional plans include having a common radio frequency for airplane and ship travel in the region.
The working-level talks follow a November 2014 agreement between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping to reduce conflict over the disputed islands. They are the first working-level talks between Japan and China since 2012, when Japan nationalised some of the Senkaku Islands and confrontations in the island region became commonplace.
Japan, China resume talks on maritime hotline: Reports, 12 January 2015, ChannelNewsAsia, http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-china-resume-talks/1585048.html